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Giants Potential Free Agent Target: TE Fred Davis

Over the next two weeks or up to the March 13 start of the free agency courting/signing period, we will bring you a potential good fit per day for the New York Giants. The first on our list is Redskins' tight end Fred Davis. Davis had a breakout season in 2011, with 59 catches for 796 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was a bright spot on a team that did not have many bright spots, save for beating our eventual Super Bowl champion Giants twice.

Tight end is a position that the Giants have filled nicely through the draft over the past decade--with Jeremy Shockey giving way to Kevin Boss, and then Boss giving way to Jake Ballard. But while Ballard also had a breakout year, he was injury prone and gimpy during the postseason. And when he and the suddenly-emerging Travis Beckum went down with injuries in the Super Bowl, the Giants were left with the mostly underused Bear Pascoe for most of the game.

So unless the team drafts a tight end or two in April, Davis is a guy that is worth a serious look. Of course, he has his drawbacks. For one, the Redskins still may use the franchise tag on him. Secondly, Davis missed the last four games of the 2011 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy; so a second penalty would be devastating. Then, of course, there is the matter of money. Would Davis be worth what the Giants could legitimately offer? Or would they be better off spending money on an offensive lineman, linebacker, or running back? Davis is still a very talented player who may be a year or two away from really breaking out, but I'm not sure he'd be worth entering a bidding war for either.

Those and other questions will be pondered in the next twelve days. Ah, it sure is nice to have a free agency period in March, with no talk of a lockout.