Status: Unrestricted free agent
2002 salary: $650,000
2002 season summary: An eight-year NFL veteran, Davis moved into the backup tight end spot mid-way through the season when David Martin was demoted. He was inactive for six games and caught just nine passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the nine games he played. A 19-yard touchdown reception against the Bears on Monday Night Football was the highlight of the year for Davis. Though he was released by the Packers before the regular season opener, he re-signed two days later. He also contributed on special teams.
2003 outlook: Davis is seemingly on the brink of being released by the Packers before every season, but manages to find a roster spot because he is "assignment-sure." The coaches are comfortable with him in the lineup in case Bubba Franks goes down with an injury.
Davis has certainly not attained the success he had as a big-play tight end in 1998 and 1999, catching only a total of 12 passes over the last two seasons. His relative obscurity, age (30), and weight problem over the last couple of seasons should not make him all that attractive to other teams in the market for a free agent tight end. The Packers are thin at tight end, and will most certainly be looking to add some new, inexpensive faces before training camp. Whether or not Davis will be among those new faces is uncertain.