According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington Redskins free agent tight end Fred Davis had dinner with several high-ranking members of the Buffalo Bills organization in Washington. Among those influential people were new head coach Doug Marrone, assistant General Manager Doug Whaley, and current GM Buddy Nix.
Fred Davis is clearly the best free agent available at this juncture, but the only two teams who showed interest in signing Davis prior to the report of this dinner were the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. Chalk up the Bills as a team definitely interest, and they have a really good chance at signing Davis despite being very quiet up until this “loud” moment.
The 27-year-old USC product is, per CSN Washington, ahead of schedule in his rehab following Achilles’ surgery, so that’s great news as teams are wary of his ability to produce following the injury. The Redskins know Davis’s progress better than anyone, but they are still going to be rigid on their asking price. They want to keep Davis in Washington, but they aren’t going to overpay for him.
The Bills have a severely injured tight end of their own in Scott Chandler, who had another solid season in 2012 and is a huge mismatch for teams in the red zone (he is killer against the New England Patriots and their linebackers in coverage). However, Chandler tore his ACL, and some believe his future outlook is bleak as he wasn’t exactly explosive to begin with.
Either way, the Bills don’t have a certain tight end situation, and Davis would be an upgrade anyway. Having a TE pairing of Fred Davis and Scott Chandler would be huge for a team looking for a new quarterback (they have worked out seemingly every QB in this draft), because tight ends are a young quarterback’s best friend.
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