Maryland football alum and NFL tight end Vernon Davis has signed in free agency with Washington, CBS' Sports Jason La Canfora reported on Thursday. It marks a homecoming for Davis, who played in College Park from 2003 to 2005 and became the sixth overall pick, by San Francisco, in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Davis spent more than nine seasons with the 49ers, before Denver acquired him in a trade last season. Davis went on to win his first Super Bowl in February, though he didn't factor into Denver's postseason plans. Now, he'll play his home games just a 15-minute Beltway trip away from the university where he made his name.
It's possible that Davis is close to done as an NFL contributor. He hasn't reached 400 yards in either of the last two seasons, after being one of the league's steadiest tight ends for most of the previous decade. Davis made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2013, scoring 13 touchdowns in both of those seasons. But maybe he'll find new life with Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball and a younger tight end, Jordan Reed, around to take some of the load off him.
It's been a long while since Davis played at Maryland. He posted 1,371 yards over a three-year career there, almost all of them coming in his last two years. He had nine touchdowns in College Park, and he was a member of the 2003 Terrapins team that won the Gator Bowl against West Virginia.