Saints’ Player No. 1: Demario Davis
Davis recently got a one-year extension with the Saints which may not seem like much, but it means the team is holding onto the star linebacker for the next three years.
Davis agreed to a new deal that lowers his base salary in 2023 from $8.5 million to $8.25 million but adds up to $6 million in incentives in each season through 2024; his 2022 cap number isn’t affected.
Under the new contract, Davis could potentially make $14 million in 2024, a fair price point for one of the most productive linebackers in the league right now.
Despite spending a good portion of his career on the New York Jets, Davis is playing his best football at age 32, coming off a 2021 season in which he started 16 games and recorded 105 tackles and three sacks.
Since joining in 2017, Davis has enjoyed five straight seasons of triple-digit tackles in NOLA and will now serve as an important mentor to Pete Werner, who’s still learning the ropes.
In the big picture, the Saints signing Davis to one more year may seem inconsequential, but Davis is sending a message to the league that he’s not retiring anytime soon.
It’s no surprise that three of the four players on this list are defenders. Expect the Saints’ defense to continue to dominate in 2022 and beyond.