Tight end Fred Davis said in a radio interview Tuesday that he is not seeking a trade from the Washington Redskins but suggested he would not necessarily mind one if that would give him a better opportunity to receive playing time and show what he can do.
“At the end of the day, I look at it as I’m a Redskin right now until I hear differently,” Davis said during his regular appearance with LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. “I want to help my team any way I can until then. …If I get traded, something happens, that’s what happens. But other than that, right now I’ve just got to do the job, still got to be a pro. At the end of the day, I don’t want to leave a bad taste in my mouth with any of the coaches or anything like that.”
A person familiar with the team’s planning said Monday that the Redskins are open to the possibility of trading Davis. “They are trying,” that person said. The Web site profootballtalk.com also reported that the Redskins are attempting to trade Davis. The NFL’s trade deadline is next Tuesday.
Davis said during Tuesday’s radio appearance that he has not asked the Redskins to trade him. He was asked if would prefer to be released and he said: “I don’t really prefer that. I just want to be able to play. That’s what I prefer. I prefer to be playing.”
He expressed confidence that he still can be a highly productive tight end if given a chance to play, saying: “I’m the same player I’ve been the whole time I’ve been here.”
Davis was on the Redskins’ inactive list for last Sunday’s victory over the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field. Rookie Jordan Reed had a nine-catch performance in that game, and Davis said Tuesday: “I guess they just feel they had a better option in Jordan and Logan [Paulsen] playing. I wish I could help the team any way I could. I know for sure … I can whenever I get an opportunity. But it just hasn’t been the case these games that we’ve been playing.”
Coach Mike Shanahan has said the Redskins deactivated Davis, who has only three catches this season, at least in part because of special teams considerations. Davis was asked Tuesday about the last time he’d discussed his situation in depth with Shanahan and said that took place “probably about three or four weeks ago.”
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