The New York Jets start off their free agency frenzy by signing former Detriot Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis. The Jets are paying him $7 million for 1 year. Davis is 26 years old, going into his 5th NFL season. Additionally, he was selected 21st overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Lions. Davis undoubtedly had a good first two years in the NFL, then had a big decline the past two years under Matt Patricia. He was benched last season, only starting 4 games. Davis is an inside linebacker who can have somewhat of an impact on the team.
Was this necessary?
$7 million is definitely too much for a guy who was benched last year. He won’t be a starting linebacker for Robert Saleh and his new defensive system. He’s not the big defensive pass rusher the Jets are looking for in free agency. The Jets have so much money, that they just haven’t done much with yet. Being the first signing for this team to make, it’s very anti-climactic. This team needs to get better, they were awful last year. This roster is not good whatsoever, they are straight-up, not good at this moment.
Will the Jarrad Davis signing be a good signing?
The signing of Davis isn’t a bad signing, it’s a fit for Saleh. Maybe Saleh will turn Davis into a great player. Just at this time, it doesn’t make much sense. He was just benched by a team that was horrible. Last year he had 25 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and a half of a sack. But, two years ago in 2018, he had 73 solo tackles and 27 assisted tackles. That year he had 6 sacks and had 10 quarterback hits. If the Jets can get the 2018 Jarrad Davis it’ll be a good move. But if he plays as he did in 2020, it really won’t be worth the $7 million.