CLEVELAND, OHIO-- The Browns have seemingly found a replacement for Craig Robertson.
After he visited the team on Tuesday in Berea, free agent linebacker DeMario Davis has signed a contract with the Browns and is very excited to join his new team.
“There's a lot of positive energy in this building,” Davis said. “It seems like they're ready to take this organization in the right direction. I felt nothing but positive vibes from (executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown) all the way down to the defensive coordinator and the head coach. I just felt like this was the best fit for me and my family. I wanted to be a part of what was going on here so I'm happy to be a part of it.
As for what he feels he can bring to the Browns, Davis wants to bring a versatility to the linebacker position and to be a positive influence on a suddenly brand-new unit.
“I just want to be able to come in and help as best as possible," Davis said, in a press release. "I take pride in being a run stopper. I take pride in covering. I take pride in playing in space, being a sideline-to-sideline backer. I take pride in getting after the quarterback. I just want to be able to do whatever the coach is asking of me.”
The deal Davis signed with the Browns is reportedly for two years and in the $8M range.
At 6'2, 236 pounds, Davis was drafted by the New York Jets with the 77th overall selection in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft and played four seasons in New York before becoming a free agent this offseason.
Amidst his four years with the Jets, the Arkansas State product played in 16 games each season, compiling 230 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
Most notably for Browns fans, Davis was the player responsible for sending quarterback Josh McCown flying through the air in Cleveland's season opener a year ago, as the veteran fumbled the football and left the game with a concussion.
With Robertson likely to sign elsewhere, Davis should fill the hole left by the inside linebacker when he does find a new home. He will also help to replace the hole left by veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby, who the Browns released on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier this offseason, the Browns signed OL Alvin Bailey, formerly of the Seahawks, and LB Justin Tuggle, formerly of the Houston Texans.
If Robertson does find a home outside of Cleveland, it will mean that the Browns did not retain one of their six unrestricted free agents this offseason, including C Alex Mack, OT Mitchell Schwartz, WR Travis Benjamin, ST Johnson Bademosi and S Tashaun Gipson.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson was at UCLA's Pro Day on Tuesday afternoon, likely scouting top draft prospect Myles Jack, who could help fill the holes at linebacker if drafted by the Browns.
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