Vernon Davis says he signed 3-year deal to remain with Redskins

Vernon Davis chose to stay home, as the veteran tight end has re-signed with the Washington Redskins. The move prevents him from hitting free agency and helps the team keep an important piece of its passing game.

The Washington, D.C., native announced on his Snapchat account that he had signed for three years.

Davis, who turned 33 in January, caught 44 passes for 583 yards last season for the Redskins, and his two touchdowns were his first scoring receptions since 2014. He became a strong complement to starter Jordan Reed and a solid target when Reed had to sit out games. Davis' blocking also drew praise from his coaches.

Before last season, Davis appeared to be wrapping up his career. Indeed, he said during the 2016 season that he would have played only one or two more years had it not been for playing with his hometown team.

"I feel very excited," Davis told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Wednesday. "My time here has been amazing. My experience with Washington has been the best of my entire career because I grew up a Skins fan and achieved a childhood dream. To see that come to fruition brings me a lot of joy."

In 2015, Davis caught a combined 38 passes with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos, who acquired him in a trade. He did not catch a postseason pass as the Broncos marched to win Super Bowl 50.

Davis was selected sixth overall by the 49ers in the 2006 draft. He left San Francisco as the franchise's all-time leader at tight end with 441 catches, 5,640 yards and 55 touchdowns. For his career, he has caught 505 passes and ranks eighth all time among tight ends with 57 touchdown receptions.