After a fairly quiet Tuesday, the Redskins re-signed tight end Vernon Davis to a three-year, $15-million deal in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
Davis announced the news via Snapchat, and a person with knowledge of the situation revealed the financial terms to The Washington Post.
The Redskins had long hoped to re-sign the 33-year-old Davis, who last season revived his career after joining his hometown team. Davis had 44 catches for 583 yards and two touchdowns and also served as a valuable run-blocker.
Last week, Coach Jay Gruden expressed a need for the team to bring back Davis or find someone with a similar skill set. But he didn’t sound overly optimistic that the team would be able to meet the veteran’s asking price. However, a week later, the sides came to terms.
The tight end position is expected to represent a position of strength as Davis returns on a new contract, Niles Paul returns from injury, and together complement Pro Bowl pick Jordan Reed.
This position group could help Washington overcome the anticipated losses of wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. The 49ers rank Garcon among their prime targets in free agency, and the move would reunite Garcon with Kyle Shanahan, who was the key reason the receiver signed with Washington in 2012.
Meanwhile, Jackson has a number of suitors, but is expected to wind up with Tampa Bay, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.
Washington could still add a veteran receiver at an affordable rate, but very well could start Jamison Crowder and the recovering Josh Doctson at wideout.