5. He’s been injured – Fred Davis returned from a torn Achilles injury last season. He only played seven games in 2012 and has missed time in the lineup this season with an ankle injury. The Redskins have him inactive while they shop him for trades.
4. Depth at TE - With Jordan Reed and Logan Paulsen playing well while Davis was injured, the Redskins have been good depth wise at TE, and haven’t really needed to press Davis back into action. Also, Niles Paul is a serviceable backup as well as a decent performer on special teams.
3. He’s a risk – Davis was suspended for a substance abuse violation in 2011 and his next violation will get him suspended for an entire season. So it may be in the Redskins best interests to trade Davis before the next incident occurs.
2. The Redskins could use draft picks – The Redskins are still light a first round pick in 2014 due to the trade for Robert Griffin III. And even though they wouldn’t get anything close to a first round pick for Davis, they might be able to swing a fourth or a fifth round pick for him. Not too bad for a player who won’t be back next season.
1. He’s been replaced in the lineup - Rookie TE Jordan Reed has taken Davis’ place in the lineup as the starting TE. As good as Davis was, Reed has been even better. And if the Redskins keep Davis, there appears to be no way that he could get his position as starter back barring injury.