Whereas just two NFL tight ends have averaged more yards per route run than Reed, Davis had been weeded out of the offense to the point that he was a healthy scratch in Week 7.
In a contract season for the third consecutive year, Davis is unlikely to fetch more than a sixth-round draft pick as trade compensation. He's one year removed from Achilles tendon surgery and two years removed from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy that put an abrupt end to the best season of his career.
Davis attracted interest from the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns prior to re-signing with the Redskins in late March. The Browns can be ruled out now that Jordan Cameron has developed into a premier tight end, but the revitalized Jets, in particular, might be a good fit given their uncertainty at the position.
As a suspension and injury risk, Davis won't attract a suitor looking for a long-term commitment. He's a mercenary capable of adding passing-game punch down the stretch, similar to a "have bat, will travel" veteran joining a contender at baseball's trade deadline.