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Vernon Davis Returns Home, Signs a 1 Year Deal With the Redskins

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NFL - Vernon Davis has found a new NFL home. Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the veteran tight end is signing a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, per a source informed of the situation. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first reported the news. It’s not a surprising move for the ‘Skins after general manager Scot McCloughan said during last week’s Annual Meeting that Washington was still interested in Davis after his visit with the team earlier this month. Entering his age-32 season, Davis appeared to be in sharp decline last season after San Francisco traded him to the Broncos. He caught just 20 passes in Denver and hurt the offense with a rash of drops. You have to go back to 2013 for game tape showing Davis hurting a defense. At his best with the Niners, he was a freakishly athletic pass-catching whirlwind. In Washington, he’ll fight for a roster spot behind Jordan Reed and Niles Paul.

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I feel most people are hometown people. You want your local stars to go to your state school, and then you follow their careers through the league. And then if you’re lucky, that person you watched plays for your hometown team. And that’s why I’m pumped about Vernon Davis coming to the Skins. Sure, he had a bad year last year, catching only 38 passes in 15 games between the Niners and Broncos. But he’s an established pass-catching TE who can get those hard yards and pick up first downs. And it’s a low-risk, high-reward move. He brings veteran leadership and experience to a team that is rapidly getting younger. With Jordan Reed’s inability to stay healthy and Niles Paul coming back from a season-long injury, this is a great spot for Davis to rebound. Sure he’ll never be in his prime again, but he’s a big-bodied tight end that provides the depth this team was missing last season. Love the signing and love him coming home.