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TE Davis re-signs with Redskins after cancelling on Jets
Well, that didn’t take long.
After declaring he had to leave his options open during a Thursday visit with the Bills, free-agent tight end Fred Davis has decided to re-sign with his former team, the Washington Redskins. His one-year deal was first announced by Adam Schefter.
Davis met with members of the Bills front office Thursday and even told local media that he still planned to visit the Jets Friday. But hours later, Davis cancelled his scheduled meeting in Florham Park.
It's no surprise the tight end chose to return home. According to the Washington Examiner, Davis told friends he wanted to remain with the Redskins -- and he reportedly turned down a two-year deal worth almost $700,000 more than the Redskins’ one-year offer to do so.
Davis caught 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games in 2011, but was suspended for the final four contests because of repeated failed drug tests.
The tight end -- who played in just seven games in 2012 because of a torn Achilles tendon -- told Bills writers Thursday that he had no doubt he'd be healed in time for the upcoming season.
The Jets, on the other hand, will continue their search for another starting tight end. They could ultimately choose to stick with Jeff Cumberland, who was Dustin Keller's backup, and Konrad Reuland. But the Jets need depth at that position.