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Bills have to sell Fred Davis on opportunities

By Mark Gaughan

Free-agent tight end Fred Davis is visiting the Buffalo Bills today as part of what may be an AFC East tour.

The unrestricted veteran from the Washington Redskins said he has a visit scheduled with the New York Jets as well. The Redskins, meanwhile, have said they want him back.

So what do the Bills have to offer? Obviously the Bills will have to make a good contract offer. But Buffalo has no established quarterback and likely will be starting a rookie in 2013.

The Jets have an uncertain QB situation too, with incumbent Mark Sanchez competing with veteran journeyman David Garrard and who knows who else. That's not much more attractive that Buffalo. The Redskins, of course, have the best QB situation to offer, with Robert Griffin III in place. Griffin is coming back from knee surgery and presumably will be ready to play at some point early in the season, if not at the start.

The Bills' best argument to Davis probably is he could be a more integral part of the offense in Buffalo than in New York or Washington.

The Bills have one top-flight wideout in Stevie Johnson. Incumbent tight end Scott Chandler is coming back from a knee injury. The Jets have more targets at receiver, with Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley. New York has little at tight end, with Jeff Cumberland currently at the top of the depth chart. The Redskins don't have much at tight end, either, with Logan Paulsen at the top of the depth chart. Washington doesn't have much money to spend, either. 

So the Bills need to sell Davis on the chances he will see more balls in Buffalo versus relatively equal QB uncertainty in New York and the better opportunity to win in Washington.


2013 free agency | Fred Davis
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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