Cleveland Browns: New Orleans trade target No. 1: Demario Davis, Linebacker
The last trade target the Browns should ask about in New Orleans happens to be a familiar face. Demario Davis is a 10-year NFL veteran who was drafted in the third round out of Arkansas State by the New York Jets back in 2012.
He spent four seasons with the Jets but then inked a two-year deal in free agency back in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns. He ended up playing just one season with the Browns and despite recording 99 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble, Cleveland traded him back to the Jets in 2017.
Then in 2018, he landed in New Orleans. He recently signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension ahead of 2020, and last year, he was the eighth overall linebacker in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
Davis picked up 105 tackles and three sacks, but most importantly, it was the fifth season in a row he had more than 100 tackles. In all, he has 1,027 tackles — 83 of which have gone for a loss — as well as 29.5 sacks. Cleveland had an improved linebacker corps in 2021 but adding Davis would still be quite the upgrade.
For New Orleans, it would be hard to part with Davis who has been a defensive leader. However, they have Pete Werner and Zack Baun ready to fill in and it would get $11 million off their books. Cleveland again would have to make sure they were able to absorb the salary, but if they could make it work, he would improve their defense.