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Fred Davis is returning to Washington, where he's spent his entire career. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.
Fred Davis is returning to Washington, where he's spent his entire career. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images.

The Washington Redskins have signed free agent TE Fred Davis to a one-year deal. As usual, Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report the news of the signing.

Entering his sixth season in the NFL, Davis has been wildly inconsistent over the years, but he has shown enough tantalizing potential to draw some interest. Only 27, Davis should just now be entering the prime of his career, and he has an opportunity to showcase his talent on the Redskins’ burgeoning offense.

In the last two seasons, Davis has missed a combined 13 out of 32 total regular season games: nine to injury and four to a drug-related suspension. Coming off a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, he is clearly betting on himself to have a big year in Washington. Otherwise, he would’ve signed with the Bills, who were reportedly offering him a better deal with an extra year tacked on.

Davis also nearly visited the New York Jets, but chose to cancel his visit to the team after receiving offers from the Bills and Redskins. In the end, he made the wise chose to stay in the city that he’s called home since 2008.

If Davis wants to cash in on a big payday, he has a much better chance of doing it in Washington, where he’ll have Robert Griffin III — or Kirk Cousins, depending on how the former recovers — throwing the ball to him. The Bills quarterback situation is completely up in the air with Tavaris Jackson — yes, that Tavaris Jackson — as the front-runner for the starting position, and the Jets quandary at quarterback is as dire as ever.

Davis may be the second option in the passing attack and, probably, third or fourth option overall, but he should have plenty of opportunities to shine in D.C. if he can return to form.

The Redskins, hampered by league-imposed penalties, have managed to retain a number of key players while also cutting ties with several others. Keeping Davis is a huge win for the team and one that should pay off in 2013.