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Demario Davis | Linebacker | #56

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/11/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 248
College: Arkansas State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (77) / NYJ
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Saints signed ILB Demario Davis, formerly of the Jets, to a three-year, $24 million contract.
Davis cashes in after a monster year in New York when he led the league in solo tackles and paced the Jets with a team-high five sacks. Look for Davis to replace either Manti Te'o at the MIKE spot or free-agent bust A.J. Klein on the strong side. Either way, Davis is going to be a three-down linebacker. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 5 inside linebacker, excelling versus the run. Mar 14 - 3:24 PM

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Free agent LB Demario Davis is seeking a contract worth $8-10 million annually.

The Jets have enough cap room to retain Davis at that salary but rightfully feel that his asking price is too high. Despite earning PFF's No. 5 inside linebacker grade last season, ESPN's Rich Cimini doesn't expect the Jets to offer Davis more than $4 million annually. If Davis jumps ship, the Jets could pursue other free agent linebackers including Nigel Bradham, Anthony Hitchens, Paul Posluszny, Tahir Whitehead and Avery Williamson.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 4 - 9:54 AM

Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media named Demario Davis as a leading candidate to replace David Harris at inside linebacker.

Davis hasn't done much to warrant starter status, but the Jets don't have a lot of other options. Darron Lee is a superior talent, but coach Todd Bowles believes he's better suited for the weak side. Davis, who is now in his second stint with the Jets, earned PFF's No. 43 grade out of 57 inside linebackers in 2016. The 28-year-old is entering a contract year.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 09:08:00 AM

Jets ILB Demario Davis slashed his salary from $3.7 million to $900,000 after his trade from Cleveland.

He's going from a $3.7 million player to a $1 million player, including a $100,000 signing bonus. Davis can earn another $1.225 million in incentives, but it's a hefty pay cut. The Jets were so desperate to get rid of S Calvin Pryor that they may have released Davis had he not accepted the pay reduction.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 08:43:00 PM

Jets acquired ILB Demario Davis from the Browns in exchange for S Calvin Pryor.

Drafted by the Jets in the third round of the 2012 draft, it is a homecoming for Davis after a year away in Cleveland. Davis might not get a starting shot behind Darron Lee and David Harris, but he is good depth for a corps which needed it. Davis is set to hit free agency again after this season.
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 09:05:00 AM

Browns signed ILB Demario Davis, formerly of the Jets, to a two-year, $8 million contract.

And the Browns are on the board. After playing hardball and missing out on their free-agent targets the first week of the league year, Cleveland has finally found someone to take its money. Davis was a 16-game starter last season but hasn't put anything on tape to suggest he's anything more than an average starter.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Free agent ILB Demario Davis is visiting the Browns.

Davis was a 16-game starter for the Jets each of the past three seasons, but was mostly just taking up space in 2015. He's not expected to return to Gang Green. He'd be an underwhelming foray into free agency for a Browns team that's seemed completely bewildered by the open market under its new management.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 01:30:00 PM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta doesn't expect the Jets to re-sign free agent ILB Demario Davis.

Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan once loosely compared Davis to future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, but Davis never lived up to the hype on the field and reportedly drove teammates up a wall when he was trying to act like a leader off it. Davis' snaps were cut way back over the final six weeks of this past season.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 11:59:00 AM

In-house reporter Chris Brown considers free agent ILB Demario Davis a potential fit for the Bills.

Coming off a down year, the Jets are expected to re-sign Erin Henderson over Davis. The Bills have a tight cap situation and should only have interest in Davis if he drops below market-value. A Rex Ryan favorite during his first three seasons, Davis could be an option to replace Nigel Bradham.
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 06:30:00 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini does not expect impending free agent ILB Demario Davis to re-sign with the team.

A third-round pick in 2012, Davis took a step back in his first year playing in Todd Bowles' scheme. Still young and with some good play on tape in 2014, Davis should be able to find a home early in free agency. Davis had 89 tackles in two sacks while starting all 16 games last season.
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Jets ILB Demario Davis is expected to be a "huge presence" in new coach Todd Bowles' defense.

Davis progressed rapidly under Rex Ryan, going from special teamer as a rookie in 2012 to starting every game across 2013 and 2014. Last year, he was PFF's No. 15 inside linebacker and helped IDP owners by finishing T-13th in tackles with 116. Davis, in a contract year, is a fine LB2 target again under Bowles.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 09:42:00 AM

Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed 2012 third-round pick Demario Davis will be a starter in his second season.

He'll take Bart Scott's place next to David Harris. "He's our No. 1 WILL linebacker on our depth chart," Ryan said of Davis. "Clearly Demario is a guy we feel very good about." Davis primarily played in nickel packages last season, amassing 36 tackles across 16 games. He'll be on the LB3 radar in IDP leagues.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 01:33:00 PM

ESPN New York expects Demario Davis to replace Bart Scott as a starting inside linebacker in 2013.

Scott is fully expected to be released along with OLB Calvin Pace. That leaves Davis, a 2012 third-round pick that will provide an upgrade in athleticism. He projects to give IDP owners more than the 60 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception Scott provided last season.
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 09:09:00 AM

ESPN New York expects third-round pick Demario Davis to challenge for the Jets' starting weak-side linebacker job "if he develops quickly."

Davis was drafted as Bart Scott's replacement, and is expected to see heavy snaps in nickel packages. It's not unrealistic to think he could overtake Scott at some point the season. Davis is the top backup at both inside linebacker spots.
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 08:19:00 PM

The Sideline View's Adam Caplan has issued an IDP alert for Jets third-round ILB Demario Davis.

"For those who are in fantasy dynasty leagues with defensive players, go get ‪#Jets‬ ILB Demario Davis," tweeted Caplan, who has a fantasy football analyst background. Caplan wrote that Davis profiles as Bart Scott's replacement in 2013, when Scott's guaranteed money runs out. One NFL exec told Caplan that Davis projects as an 8-10 year starter "based on his talent level, which is strong."
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 03:19:00 PM

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3Alex Okafor
4Hau'oli Kikaha
5Trey Hendrickson
DT1Sheldon Rankins
2Tyeler Davison
3David Onyemata
4Jay Bromley
5Devaroe Lawrence
MLB1Demario Davis
2Manti Te'o
WLB1Craig Robertson
2Alex Anzalone
SLB1A.J. Klein
2Nathan Stupar
3Jayrone Elliott
CB1Marshon Lattimore
2Ken Crawley
3Patrick Robinson
4P.J. Williams
5De'Vante Harris
FS1Marcus Williams
2Kurt Coleman
SS1Vonn Bell
2Sharrod Neasman
3Chris Banjo
4Natrell Jamerson
P1Thomas Morstead