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Fred Davis' suspension will hurt his chances in Free Agency

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis faces a possible six game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, as reported by CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora via twitter.  This would be the second suspension for Davis in the past three seasons, as he was suspended for four games in 2011.

Davis is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and with the emergence of rookie tight end Jordan Reed, it was unlikely the Redskins would have re-signed Davis.  But now with this possible suspension looming over him, it has to damage his prospects around the rest of the league as a free agent as well.

In 2013 Davis was inactive for a large portion of the season, as the Redskins were apparently exploring opportunities to trade him.  He finished the season with only 7 receptions for 70 yards, and 1 TD.  Davis was having a solid 2012 season, with 24 receptions for 325 yards through seven games before a torn Achilles ended his season.

He had recovered from the injury to begin the 2013 season as the starter, but Reed’s outstanding play coupled with an ankle injury saw Davis’s playing time decrease early on in the season.  Also, he landed in Mike Shanahan’s dog house, as it was reported that Davis had dozed off during team meetings.

But if Davis does have to serve a six game suspension to start next season, then teams will be much less enthusiastic about signing him as a free agent than they would have been without it.


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