Tight end Vernon Davis, last season with the Broncos. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

The one-year contract that tight end Vernon Davis signed with the Redskins last week calls for the 11th-year veteran to earn a base salary of $1.35 million, and up to $2.4 million $4.5 million if he meets all of the incentives in the pact.

The deal makes Davis the second-highest-paid tight end on the roster behind Jordan Reed, who will draw a base salary of $1.66 million as he enters a contract year.

Of that base salary, $1.1 million (including a $500,000 signing bonus) is fully guaranteed. Davis also will receive another $450,000 in a roster bonus, and $100,000 in workout bonuses. Other performance-based bonuses would bring the total cash value to $2.4 million $4.5 million.


Vernon Davis reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Giants in Jan. 2012. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

Davis, who made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2013, has 5,841 career receiving yards and 55 touchdowns. Last season, he had one of the least-productive seasons of his career, managing 395 yards on 38 catches, and no touchdowns. As he joins his hometown team, Davis will try to prove he can again make meaningful contributions on a consistent basis.

Reed is Washington’s starting tight end, and last season led the team in receiving yards. However, Coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay have a tendency to often use two- and three-tight-end formations. So Davis will have an opportunity to carve out a key complementary role for himself.

The three other tight ends on the roster,Niles Paul ($1.25 million base salary), Derek Carrier ($800,000) and Logan Paulsen ($760,000), all are coming off of key injuries. They are expected to join Davis in jockeying for position on the depth chart this training camp.

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