The Atlanta Falcons are in the midst of a crazy first day of free agency. While it isn't a move likely to blow anyone's socks off, restricted free agent Drew Davis was non-tendered today. The move will make him an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any NFL team.
WR Drew Davis now a free agent after not getting the RFA tender from Falcons.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 10, 2015
Davis spent much of last season trying to get healthy, spending time on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. The Falcons could have activated him after week 6, but he obviously needed a little more time. For those unfamiliar with his circumstances, Davis' foot just didn't feel right after mini-camp. He underwent a procedure that was only supposed to sideline him for 6 weeks, but in actuality, it would take about four months to get him back on the field.
Davis' primary value came on special teams, though he did occasionally contribute on offense. In 2013, he reigned in 12 passes for 216 yards (18 yards/reception) and 2 touchdowns. In short, while he had periodic value, his services were expendable. The restricted free agent tender would've cost the Falcons about $900k against the cap. It's not a huge savings, but it's something.
We certainly wish Davis the best of luck, wherever he lands.