Former Washington tight end Fred Davis has been reinstated by the NFL, more than a year after he was suspended indefinitely by the league for substance abuse violations, according to Pro Football Talk (Twitter link). Davis is now free to sign with any team and play in the 2015 season.
Davis, a former second-round pick, had some productive seasons in Washington, including a 2011 campaign that saw him set career highs in catches (59) and receiving yards (796). However, injuries and off-field issues – including legal run-ins – derailed his career. The 29-year-old hasn’t seen the field for 2013, a season in which he grabbed just seven balls for 70 yards.
With a handful of teams around the NFL in need of a tight end, there may be a club that decides to take a flier on Davis. However, after the veteran tight end spent a year away from the game, I have my doubts that he’ll ascend a depth chart and become a primary weapon for an NFL offense anytime soon.