Redskins said to be open to idea of trading Fred Davis [updated]

The Redskins are said to be receptive to the idea of trading Fred Davis (83), who was on the inactive list Sunday (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Redskins are said to be receptive to the idea of trading Fred Davis (83), who was on the inactive list Sunday (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins are open to the possibility of trading tight end Fred Davis, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s planning.

“They are trying,” the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the team’s plans publicly.

It is not clear if Davis is drawing interest from other teams on the trade market and, if so, what the Redskins would get in return for him. It also is not clear if the Redskins will be able to complete a deal involving Davis. The tight end drew interest on the free agent market during the offseason from the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

The Web site profootballtalk.com also reported that the Redskins are trying to trade Davis.

Davis re-signed with the Redskins in the offseason as a free agent but has fallen behind rookie Jordan Reed. Davis was on the inactive list for Sunday’s victory over the Chicago Bears while Reed had nine catches for 134 yards.

Davis was not available to comment and a representative for him declined to comment.

Update, 5:40 p.m.

The NFL’s trading deadline is Oct. 29.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan was not available to address the possibility of Davis being traded but was asked at his news conference earlier Monday about Davis’s role on the team. Shanahan reiterated that Davis was deactivated Sunday for special teams considerations.

“Fred’s been down because he’s been hurt in the past and now it’s based on who practices the best, just like we talked about Jordan getting the opportunity to play a lot more because of what he’s done during the week,” Shanahan said. “Sometimes when a guy gets hurt, then a guy gets an opportunity to play, he takes advantage of it. Or another scenario is we dress three tight ends out this week. One of the reasons we did is we felt we had to bring a guy like [safety Trenton] Robinson up so he can help us on special teams…. You’re always going to try to do what’s best for your football team that week. And that’s what we try to do.”

The Redskins also have tight ends Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul on the roster.

Davis has played in four games this season and has three catches for 25 yards. His contract expires at the end the season.

He had 24 catches for 325 yards in seven games last season before suffering a ruptured Achilles’ tendon that ended his season. He was suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Davis had 59 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games that year.

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