Davis had a career-high 135 tackles and five sacks during the 2017 season. Coming off back-to-back seasons with fewer than 100 tackles, Davis beat his previous season best by 19 while also adding 1.5 more sacks than his best effort before this past year. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he will surely be one of the Jets' top priorities.
Davis had 10 tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Panthers. Davis once again played every defensive snap and reached double-digit tackles for the third time this season. The 28-year-old has been near the top of the league in tackles all season, compiling 92 stops (67 solo) through 11 games.
Davis led the Jets with 12 tackles (11 solo) in Sunday's 20-6 victory over the Dolphins. Three of Davis' stops were for negative yardage, and he also broke up a pass in the win. It was quite the bounce-back performance from the 28-year-old, who was limited to six tackles (two solo) in the Week 2 loss to Oakland.
Davis will take a $2.7 million pay cut for the upcoming season, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Davis was traded from the Browns to the Jets at the start of June, but in order for the deal to be completed, he had to take a significant pay cut. Originally slated to make $3.7 million, Davis is now expected to pull in just $1 million, although there are some incentives worked into the deal where he could make some of that money back. The Jets recently released middle linebacker David Harris, so Davis is one of a few different options to potentially take over his spot in the lineup.
Davis was traded from the Browns to the Jets on Thursday in exchange for safety Calvin Pryor, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. The Browns have elected to ship away their second-leading tackler from 2016, as Davis racked up 99 tackles after signing with Cleveland as a free agent before the season. Davis -- who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jets after being selected by them in the third round of the 2012 draft -- will provide added depth at inside linebacker in his return to New York. Moreover, he could compete for Darron Lee's starting spot at the right inside linebacker slot.
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