Demario Davis

New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) reacts after a play against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Davis is having the best season of his career in his sixth year in the NFL. 

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The New Orleans Saints have reportedly made another splash in the free-agent market.

New Orleans has agreed to sign former Jets linebacker Demario Davis to a three-year, $24 million deal with $18 million guaranteed, according to a report by ESPN's Dianna Russini. 

Davis, a six-year veteran who has spent five of those seasons in New York, is coming off of the best statistical season of his career. The 6-foot-2, 238-pounder ripped off 135 tackles and five sacks for the Jets a year ago. 

Drafted in the third round out of Arkansas State in 2012, Davis spent one season as a backup, then ascended to the starting lineup and put together five consecutive years of 90 or more tackles, including three with more than 100. 

Davis also has some blitzing ability. In five seasons as a starter, he's posted 13.5 sacks, or an average of roughly 2.5 a year, which is a good number for an off-the-ball linebacker. 

At 29 years old, Davis has some miles on his tires, and the Jets decided to let him move on when New York agreed to sign former Titans middle linebacker Avery Williamson on Tuesday. 

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