On Tuesday, it was reported that ILB Demario Davis was visiting with the Cleveland Browns in Berea. On Wednesday, the team officially signed him to a deal. A couple of weeks ago, head coach Hue Jackson said he hoped the team could find 2-3 starters in free agency. Given the fact that Davis has been a starter for the past three years with the New York Jets, one could assume that he is one of those players.
Demario Davis' deal with the Browns is for 2 years, $8 million with $4 million guaranteed.— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 16, 2016
UPDATE: Per multiple report, Davis will actually receive $4.2 million fully guaranteed in 2016. Presumably, he'd have $3.8 million non-guaranteed for 2017. The story has also been updated to reflect the anticipated release of ILB Karlos Dansby.
The Browns' depth at inside linebacker is now as follows:
1. Demario Davis
2. Christian Kirksey
3. Tank Carder
4. Justin Tuggle
Davis' deal makes it unlikely that ILB Craig Robertson will be back. With the anticipated release of veteran ILB Karlos Dansby, who has been an everydown player for Cleveland, Davis is expected to slide into that role with Kirksey also being penciled in as a starter.
Also, a fun fact: Davis is the player who sent QB Josh McCown into helicopter mode in the teams' opener last season.