The New Orleans Saints have been looking for linebacker help the past few years, and when free agency officially begins Wednesday (March 14), they’ll reportedly add a man who was among the most productive linebackers in the NFL in 2017.
Demario Davis, who spent five of the past six seasons with the New York Jets, plans to sign with the Saints, according to an ESPN report. The report says it’s a three-year, $24 million deal with $18 million guaranteed.
Former Jets linebacker Demario Davis expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints per source. Deal is 3 years, $24 million, $18 million in guaranteed
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 14, 2018
Davis, 29, had an incredible 2017 season that included 135 tackles, 13 for loss, five sacks, 15 quarterback hits, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He was a Mike linebacker for the Jets.
A third-round pick in 2012, Davis spent four years with the Jets before joining the Cleveland Browns on a two-year deal as a free agent in 2016. But, in June 2017, the Browns traded Davis back to the Jets. During the past five seasons, Davis has started 79 of 80 possible games.
In New Orleans, Davis will compete for a role with a group of recent free-agent additions that includes A.J. Klein, Manti Te’o and Craig Robertson. Klein and Te’o both played in the middle last year, but Klein also plays on the strong side. Alex Anzalone, a 2017 third-round pick, started on the weak side, but after he suffered a season-ending should injury, Robertson replaced him there.
As was the case last year, the linebacker competition should be among the top things to watch during training camp.
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