The Washington Post

Fred Davis not surprised by losing out on $500,000 bonus

Fred Davis missed out on a $500,000 bonus because he was inactive a fifth game this season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Fred Davis missed out on a $500,000 bonus because he was inactive a fifth game this season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Demoted tight end Fred Davis said that he was not surprised that he missed out on a $500,000 roster bonus that was built into his contract with the provision that he be active for 12 games this season.

Davis last Thursday was inactive for a fifth game this season meaning that at most, he could be active 11 games. But that appears unlikely. Davis opened the season as the starter before falling out of favor with coaches. He missed one game with an ankle injury, but the other four deactivations have come as a result of coaches preferring tight ends Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul over Davis.

“It’s [frustrating] when you could earn it and play, but I already figured it was going to happen,” Davis said on Wednesday. “I haven’t been used for the last few weeks, so. I was pretty sure it was going to happen.”

Davis had said earlier this season that he thought that his inactivity had something to do with the bonus that was owed to him. But coach Mike Shanahan said that he didn’t even know about the bonus because it’s his practice not to educate himself on his players’ clauses in their contracts so it doesn’t sway his decisions.

Asked if he still held that belief, however, Davis said he wasn’t sure.

“I know teams do that type of thing, and if I was to play the rest of the year, then I might think that, but I don’t really know,” he said.

Davis said that the inactivity and lost bonus wouldn’t cause him to change his approach or his relationship with his coaches.

“Nah, it’s just something I know I could’ve earned. But I’m going to stay professional,” he said before adding, “I just want to put some film on for future teams and make the most of any opportunity.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

● Washington practiced today at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Griffin are expected to talk to reporters after practice.

More on the Redskins & NFL:

Kelly preps for improved Griffin | Davis not surprised about lost bonus

Redskins struggle to stop quick passes | On the awful special teams

Reid: Shanahan deserves a new contract

Redskins get a second chance to face Kelly’s Eagles offense | First look at Foles

D.C. Sports Bog: Paul tackles kids | Foles recruited by Hoyas | Garcon’s fangs More

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo | @MarkMaske | @Insider | Insider on Facebook

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is putting up very impressive numbers this season. The Post Sports Live crew plays GM and chooses between Foles and RGIII. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.