Bills GM Buddy Nix said with the uncertain recovery time of starting tight end Scott Chandler from ACL knee surgery this offseason the club would be in the market for a tight end. That search took a noticeable step forward over the weekend as Buffalobills.com confirmed that team officials met with free agent TE Fred Davis.
Davis (6'4" 247) has played his entire five-year career with the Washington Redskins after the NFC club made him a second-round pick in 2008. An athletic pass-catching tight end, who had career-highs in catches (59) and receiving yards (796) in 2011, Davis saw his 2012 season cut short after he tore his Achilles tendon in Week 7.
Recovery from a torn Achilles can take up to a year, though he told NFL Network morning show NFL AM last week that he is "a little bit" ahead of schedule.
That is likely the chief reason Buffalo sat down with the free agent tight end. Getting an accurate assessment of his recovery time is critical knowing the Bills need a tight end that's available come training camp and the regular season with Chandler's availability a question mark after ACL surgery just two months ago.
Davis, 27, is a Toledo, Ohio native and has reportedly drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. The Redskins have also expressed a desire to re-sign Davis.