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What went wrong with Vernon Davis in Denver?

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As tight end Vernon Davis prepares to become a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, the man who traded for Davis during the 2015 season recently spoke about why things didn’t work out for Davis in Denver.

“I think that the coaches kind of go in different directions at different times and how things mix and we could never really get up to speed with him,” Broncos G.M. John Elway told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN at the Scouting Combine. “He did come in late in the year, so whether he didn’t feel comfortable with what we were doing and what we could get him in situations, we tried to get him in situations to be successful. But then again it comes down to making those calls during a game and where he had a chance. So that’s another area we’ll look at, tight end’s a position we have to look at, still very fluid that we feel like we have to get better there.”

It sounds like Davis, who had one catch on December 20 at Pittsburgh and not a single one after that through the Super Bowl, won’t be back for a second season in Denver. So where will he go?

Keep an eye on Washington, where the guy who drafted Davis in San Francisco now serves as G.M. At a minimum, expect Scot McCloughan to at least visit with Davis in an effort to figure out where the player currently is in his career, and whether he can get back to being the guy he was a couple of years ago, before he started posturing for a new contract and sold a chunk of his future earnings to Fantex in exchange for the kind of lump sum he likely won’t see again in the NFL.