Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Redskins opted for non-exclusive franchise tag on Fred Davis

When the Washington Redskins placed the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis last Friday, the team elected to go with the “non-exclusive” tag.

That means that any team wishing to sign the four-year veteran would have to give Washington two first-round draft picks as compensation.

Those instances are rare, however, and unless Davis is able to work out
The Redskins opted to place a non-exclusive franchise tag on Fred Davis, above. (Rob Carr - Getty Images)
a long-term deal with the Redskins, he will play on a one-year guaranteed salary of a little more than $5 million for Washington.

The Redskins had the option of placing an “exclusive” franchise tag on Davis, and that would have prevented any teams from pursuing the tight end.

But according to the NFL, of the 21 players that received franchise tags by Monday’s deadline, only New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees received the exclusive franchise tag.

By  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/06/2012

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