While most of the attention in the trading rumor mills have been centered around big names like Josh Gordon and Tony Gonzalez, a few names have slipped under the radar that could be intriguing pieces for the potential playoff contenders.
Among those names is Washington tight end Fred Davis.
Davis is said to be on the trading block given and was a healthy inactive for last Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears for “special teams considerations.” Make of that what you will in terms of Davis availability via a trade.
Davis is not a flashy guy on the field but he is a solid receiving tight end that would be an excellent for the Chiefs on the opposite side of Anthony Fasano. In six seasons Davis has 12 touchdowns and averaged 12.6 yards per reception despite having Jason Campbell, a washed up Donovan McNabb, and Red Grossman as his quarterbacks. He was good enough to have the franchise tag slapped on him for the 2012 season.
There is a downside to Davis as he ruptured his achilles tendon and missed most of last year. He is healthy now but Washington has adjusted their scheme in such a way with new quarterback Robert Griffin that Davis is no longer a fit for what they do. Knowing how healthy Davis is now is a bit of an unknown because he hasn’t played much.
There are a lot of reasons why Davis works for the Chiefs. One, he’ll cost way less to acquire than anyone else on the market, he’s currently on a one year, $2.5 million deal that is almost half-gone now, and he fits the need of another big tight end who is good in the red zone and can stretch the seam when asked. And at 27 years old, he still has a lot left in the tank should the Chiefs decide to keep him around beyond this season.
Think about it: A tight end threesome of Fasano, Davis, and Travis Kelce would be pretty solid for the Chiefs in 2014. It would allows them to spend the rest of the offseason trying figure out a second wide receiver and finding depth at running back.
For now it would give the Chiefs the chance to do a version of what they wanted to do going into the season with Tony Moeaki and Kelce before they got hurt. Davis would fill the role of Moeaki and Sean McGrath would be Kelce in this scenario.
It is unknown if there is any interest in Davis from John Dorsey. He has said that he values draft picks a great deal so he’d have to value whoever he is acquiring quite a bit. Kansas City also will not have a second round pick in next year’s draft because of the Alex Smith trade (that pick could turn into a third rounder if the season tanks for the Chiefs).
The NFL’s trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. on October 29.