January 21, 2021

Washington Redskins franchise TE Fred Davis

The Washington Redskins placed their franchise tag on a player that was suspended for four games at the end of last season for violation of the NFL’s recreational drug policy. Tight end Fred Davis, who put up a career year regardless of missing the last quarter of the season, was franchised by the Skins today, which will pay him the average of the top five players at his position for 2012.

In addition, the Redskins tendered exclusive rights on kicker Graham Gano and restricted free agent guard Kory Lichtensteiger. Lichtensteiger spent much of last season on the Injured Reserve and will receive a significant raise in salary.

Press release:

ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have placed the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis and tendered exclusive rights free agent kicker Graham Gano and restricted free agent guard Kory Lichtensteiger. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Davis, 26, is coming off a career season in which he established single-season highs in receptions (59) and receiving yards (796). The 796 yards were the fourth-most in a season by a tight end in Redskins history. During his four-year NFL career, Davis has recorded 131 receptions for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Gano, 24, converted 31-of-41 field goal attempts in 2011, establishing a career high for field goals made in a season. The 31 field goals made matched Chip Lohmiller (1991) for the second-most field goals made in a season in team history. In Week 9 against San Francisco, Gano established a new Redskins record for longest field goal made by converting a 59-yard attempt.

Lichtensteiger, 26, played in five games in 2011, starting all five at left guard before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury. Lichtensteiger has appeared in 37 career games with 19 starts in three seasons of NFL service.


Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Redskins coverage on Twitter @RedskinsDSP.

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