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Fred Davis: I don’t want to just go for the money

Washington Redskins v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Tight end Fred Davis #83 of the Washington Redskins runs away from safety Mark Barron #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Redskins won 24 - 22. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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Redskins tight end Fred Davis got some good news recently about his recovery from a torn Achilles and that means it’s time for him to start thinking about where he’d like to end up as a free agent this offseason.

Other than saying that he likes being in Washington and that it would be “awesome” to play in his hometown of Cleveland if he couldn’t stay in D.C., Davis didn’t offer much in the way of specifics about where he’d like to play in 2013. He did offer up some thoughts on what would be guiding his ultimate decision.

“I mean, you want to end up somewhere where you know you could fit and feel comfortable,” Davis said during an interview with 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “If you’re talking about two or three million dollars difference with a team, I would rather go for happiness any day than some more money. I’d rather be somewhere where I know that they’re gonna use me to the best of my ability, believe in me, a team that wants to give me a chance to come in and help them any kind of way, right away, and let’s win some games. That’s what I want. I don’t want to just go for the money and just start losing. I kind of want to be in a position where I can help a team win.”

That’s pretty much free agent-to-be boilerplate, but years of watching these things play out has reinforced that it usually does wind up coming down to the money. Davis should get a chance to prove otherwise, especially if a strong team concerned about Davis’ Achilles offers him a deal that reflects that uncertainty while a lesser team decides to throw caution to the wind.