May 27, 2024

The Saints have reached an agreement to extend linebacker Demario Davis, resolving uncertainty about his future due to the lack of guaranteed money in his previous deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Davis will remain with the team under a new two-year contract worth $17.25 million, structured to create cap space for the perpetually tight-budgeted Saints. This extension provides Davis with more security through guaranteed money, as his previous contract had a non-guaranteed salary of $10 million for 2024.

Saints LB Demario Davis a leader on the field and in the community –  Crescent City Sports

Recognized as one of the Saints’ top performers for several seasons, the 35-year-old linebacker will now enter his seventh season with the team. Davis has demonstrated versatility, particularly excelling as a blitzing linebacker with impressive sack numbers, recording 6.5 sacks in each of the past two seasons. With Cameron Jordan aging and first-round pick Payton Turner yet to meet expectations, Davis’s sack production has been crucial for the Saints as they navigate post-Drew Brees era.

Known for his consistency in fantasy leagues, Davis amassed 121 tackles, six pass breakups, and 6.5 sacks last season. Throughout his tenure with the Saints, he has consistently delivered, posting 100-tackle seasons in all six years and accumulating 29.5 sacks. Although Davis is nearing the twilight of his career, the Saints have opted to retain him for at least another season, with a possible reassessment following his age-35 campaign. Despite his advancing age, Davis has maintained a high level of performance, indicating his value to the team beyond his statistical contributions.

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