The Washington Redskins announced Friday that they have placed their franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis, tendered “exclusive rights” on free agent kicker Graham Gano and restricted free agent guard Kory Lichtensteiger, according to the team’s press release. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Gano, 24, converted 31 of 41 field goal attempts in 2011, establishing a career high for field goals made in a season. Gano’s 31 field goals matched former Redskin kicker Chip Lohmiller (1991) for the second-most field goals made in a season in team history.
In Week 9 against San Francisco, Gano established a new Redskins record for longest field goal made by converting a 59-yard attempt.
Lichtensteiger, 26, played in five games for the 2011 campaign, starting all five at left guard before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list after sustaining a torn ACL in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Before Lichtensteiger’s injured, he was off to a great season. The 26-years old guard from Bowling Green State University appeared in 37 games (19 starts) in three career seasons in the NFL.
Lichtensteiger was originally a fourth-round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2008 NFL Draft. After being released by the Broncos in Sept. of 2009, Lichtensteiger was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings, to only release him within the next 23 days.
The 6-3, 295 lbs. Ohio native joined the Redskins in January of 2010.
Davis, 26, will be guaranteed a one-year contract equivalent to the average amount of the top paid players at his position.
Davis is coming off a career season in which he established single-season highs in receptions (59) and receiving yards (796). The 796 yards were the fourth-most in a season by a tight end in Redskins history.
During his four-year NFL career, Davis registered 131 receptions for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Davis ended his own breakout season after he, along with teammate Trent Williams (left tackle), was suspended for four games, due to failing a drug test.