Fred Davis says he hasn’t requested to be traded by the Redskins, but the veteran tight end acknowledged that he’s heard the speculation.
Davis has been deactivated twice this season, including Sunday’s 45-41 victory over the Bears. Coach Mike Shanahan said the decision to scratch Davis from the lineup was made, in part, because he does not contribute on special teams.
“I didn’t request anything,” Davis told LaVar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, asked about recent reports that the Redskins were exploring the possibility of trading him. The deadline is a week from Tuesday.
“I thought everything was going the right way. I thought everything was pretty good in the preseason heading into the season,” Davis continued. “Other than that, I guess they feel they have a better option [with] Jordan [Reed] and Logan [Paulsen] playing. I wish I could help the team anyway I could.”
With Davis out, Reed had a career day against Chicago, hauling in nine passes on nine targets for 134 yards and a touchdown.
“At the end of the day, I look at it as I’m Redskin right now until I hear differently,” Davis continued. “I want to help my team out any way I can until then. …If I get traded, that’s what happens. Right now, I have to do the job. I still have to be a pro. I’ve never been the type to give up like that.”
Asked if he would rather be released, Davis said he would not.
“I don’t really prefer that,” he said. “I just want to be able to play. That’s what I prefer. I don’t want to be released. I don’t want to be cut.”
Davis expressed some confusion about his playing time, saying he doesn’t believe he’s changed. He also said it's been weeks since his last in-depth conversation with Shanahan about his status.
“Anybody can make any accusation right now, ‘Oh, he doesn’t practice hard,’” he said. “It’s funny, I’m the same player I’ve been since I’ve been here. … I just noticed how this game is, when you’re down, everyone wants to kick you.’’
Davis had the chance to leave Washington via free agency this summer but re-signed with the Redskins. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.