Saints To Extend LB Demario Davis

Demario Davis was already on the books for 2024, but the lack of guaranteed money on his deal led to uncertainty regarding his future. The All-Pro linebacker will remain with the Saints, however, having agreed to a new deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the sides have worked out an agreement on a two-year, $17.25MM contract.

In Saints fashion, this agreement will create cap space. Davis had been tied to an $18.2MM cap hit in his contract year; this pact will reduce that and help a perpetually cap-strapped New Orleans operation. Going into today’s legal tampering period, the Saints resided $10MM-plus over the cap.

This will also give Davis more security in the form of guarantees; the veteran linebacker had been tied to a nonguaranteed 2024 salary worth $10MM. Davis has been one of the Saints’ top players for many years, and the 35-year-old defender will be set for a seventh season in Louisiana.

Davis has continually showcased a versatile skillset, being one of the best blitzing ‘backers in this era. The former Jets and Browns starter, despite being an off-ball presence, is coming off back-to-back 6.5-sack seasons. As Cameron Jordan has moved into his mid-30s and Payton Turner having not delivered on a first-round investment, Davis’ sack production has been important for a Saints team still trying to find its footing post-Drew Brees.

A marvel in IDP fantasy leagues, Davis paired 121 tackles and six pass breakups with those 6.5 sacks last season. The durable defender has posted 100-tackle seasons in each of his six Saints slates, adding 29.5 sacks during his New Orleans run. While Davis is nearing the end of an impressive career, the Saints will keep him around for at least one more season. A reassessment after this age-35 season seems likely, even as Davis has continued to deliver upper-crust work into his mid-30s.

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