Overall, though, 13 of the Redskins' top-15 special teamers in terms of playing time will return in 2016. Two other special teams standoutsâtight end Niles Paul and Adam Haywardâare expected to return after missing the entire 2015 season with injuries. The Redskins also signed defensive lineman Kendall Reyes, who played the 10th most special teams snaps among all Chargers last season.
Davis' one-year deal has a base salary of $2.38 million with a solid $1.1 million of it fully guaranteed. The guarantee means that he is virtually assured of a roster spot. The total base salary makes him the highest-paid tight end on the team. That distinction, however, may not last into the season as Jordan Reed could get an extension prior to September that may boost his $1.7 million salary considerably.
Then they signed Vernon Davis to a deal that didn't break the bank but is rather substantial for a 32-year-old tight end. He's not the player he was even three years ago when he caught 52 passes for 850 yards (16.3 yards/catch) and 13 touchdowns for the 49ers but at 6-3 he is a substantial red zone threat. Between Davis and Jordan Reed, Cousins should never have a problem finding a target on third downs.
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