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Redskins apply franchise tag to TE Davis

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As expected, the Redskins have placed the franchise tag on TE Fred Davis. He is the first Redskins player to get the franchise tag since Champ Bailey in 2004.

Davis had 59 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns in 2011. He was suspended for the final four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He was second on the team in catches and receiving yards.

According to Football Outsiders, the franchise tag for a tight end is projected to be worth $5.41 million in base salary.

The team also announced that it tendered exclusive-rights free agent PK Graham Gano and restricted free agent OG Kory Lichtensteiger.

The way we see it

Davis was one of the Redskins' few reliable receivers. However, he is one positive test away from a one-year suspension. The health concerns with Chris Cooley make this an important move. Davis was the most logical candidate for the Redskins to tag.

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