At 35 years old, Demario Davis has this physical status:
Demario Davis (born January 11, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL).
In the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the New York Jets.
He played college football at Arkansas State.
Davis' mother gave birth to him when she was 16 years old, and his father was a career soldier in the United States Army and combat veteran. Davis attended Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track. He was mainly wide receiver as sophomore and junior in football, leading the team to its 14th playoff appearance in the last 16 years with a 7–5 record. He sported 81 tackles, six interceptions, and one death, as well as receiving over 30 passes for 386 yards with four scores. He served as a starter on the Brandon basketball team and as a high jumper with the varsity track & field team. In football, he was recruited to the Clarion Ledger All-Metro team.
Davis played college football for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. As a sophomore, he made a team-leading 80 tackles as a sophomore and gained various all-conference awards in his junior and senior years.
Davis is a devout Christian. Steve McNair, the late NFL quarterback, is his cousin. Davis was born in 2012 and has five children. Davis was fined $7,000 by the NFL for wearing a headband in Week 3 with the words "Man of God" on it, but the fine was later withdrawn.
Davis completed all of the combine and positional drills at the Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Scout Combine. He attended Arkansas State's pro day on March 27, 2012, and chose to do the 40-yard dash (2.72s), vertical jump (1.63s), and positional drills. Davis was expected to be a third round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts at the end of the pre-draft process. DraftScout.com ranked him as the ninth best outside linebacker prospect in the draft.
In the third round (77th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Davis. Davis was the tenth linebacker drafted in 2012.
Davis was signed by the New York Jets to a four-year, $2.81 million deal, with a signing bonus of $618,000.
Davis competed against veteran Bart Scott for the position as the starting weakside linebacker during training camp. Davis, the third-string back-up linebacker to start the regular season, was named by head coach Rex Ryan, behind Bart Scott and Josh Mauga.
In the Jets' season-opening 48-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills, he made his professional appearance in the team's season-opening 48-28 victory. Davis made his first career tackle during a one-yard punt return by Marcus Thigpen in the first quarter of a 23-20 overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins on September 23, 2012. After Josh Mauga was placed on injured reserve after breaking a pectoral muscle the previous week, Davis was promoted to the Jets' primary backup weakside linebacker role in Week 6. During a 29-26 loss at the New England Patriots on October 21, 2012, Davis made his first professional appearance in place of Bart Scott and posted a season-high seven combined tackles. Bart Scott recovered from a toe injury he suffered in Week 7 and remained as the starting weakside linebacker for the next two games (Weeks 8–10). He had 36 combined tackles (331 solo) and a fumble revival in 16 games and three starts in his rookie season in 2012. When playing on special teams, he collected 15 of his tackles.
After the Jets' new defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman upgraded from a base 4–3 defense to a base 3–4 defense, Davis was slated in training camp as a starting inside linebacker. Davis and David Harris were the first inside linebackers to start the regular season in 2013.
In the Jets' season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he played eight combined tackles, earning eight in the 18–17 victory. During a 27-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills on September 22, 2013, Davis collected six combined tackles and made his first tackle appearance in his career. In the third quarter, he fired quarterback E. J. Manuel for a three-yard loss. During a 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints on November 3, 2013, Davis made four tackles, deflected a pass, and made his first career interception. He intercepted a pass intended for Benjamin Watson but was intercepted for no gain in the first quarter. In the Jets' 23–3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Week 13, he had a season-high ten combined tackles (six solo) in Week 13. He finished the season with 107 combined tackles (63 solo), a pass deflection, a dismissal, and an interception in 16 games and 16 starts.
Davis and David Harris, as the starting inside linebackers for the 2014 season, are retained by head coach Rex Ryan, along with outside linebackers Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples. In the Jets' 31–24 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, Davis recorded six combined tackles and suspended quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice. During a 20–13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded a season-high 12 combined tackles (11 solo) and broke a pass. It was his fourth game in 2014 with more than ten combined tackles. He played in 116 combined tackles (79 solo), five pass deflections, and 3.5 sacks in 16 games and 16 starts in his third season. After the Jets finished with a 4–12 record in 2014, owner Woody Johnson fired general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan on December 30, 2014.
To begin the regular season, head coach Todd Bowles decided to keep the Jets' starting linebackers and officially name Davis, Harris, Coples, and Pace. In the Jets' 24-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, he had a season-high 13 total tackles (six solo) on week 3. During a 27–14 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 4, Davis made a season-high two pass deflections and a tackle. Davis finished the 2015 season with 90 combined tackles (57 solo), two pass deflections, and two sacks in 16 games and 16 starts. Despite the fact that the Jets finished second in the AFC East with a 10–6 record, they did not qualify for the playoffs. Pro Football Focus gave him his 15th highest overall rating among 60 qualifying inside linebackers.
Davis became an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season, and he has expressed admiration with several franchises, including the Cleveland Browns.
Davis was signed by the Cleveland Browns to a two-year, $8 million deal, with four.10 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2 million. Davis and Christian Kirksey, along with outside linebackers Nate Orchard and Emmanuel Ogbah, were the starting inside linebackers for the regular season, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
In their 29–10 loss, he made his Cleveland Browns' regular season debut in their season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, where they had seven combined tackles. During a 28-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10, Davis had three combined tackles and suspended quarterback Joe Flacco. In the Browns' 33–13 loss to the Buffalo Bills on December 18, 2016, Davis tied for the highest tying ten combined tackles (eight solo) on December 18, 2016. With 99 combined tackles (59 solo), two pass deflections, and two sacks in 16 games and 16 starts, he had his best season with the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns fired defensive coordinator Ray Horton after their offense finished 31st in the league on January 7, 2017. They also placed 31st in run defense and 21st in pass defense, and 21st in pass defense. Gregg Williams, the Los Angeles Rams' defensive coordinator, was hired.
In exchange for Calvin Pryor, the Cleveland Browns traded Davis to the New York Jets on June 1, 2017. Davis, the Browns' defensive coordinator, went back to a base 4–3 defense that needed only a single middle linebacker. Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert have developed into healthy starters after getting Jamie Collins from the New England Patriots.
He was slated as a starting linebacker in training camp, but Bruce Carter, Julian Stanford, Spencer Paysinger, Frank Beltre, and Connor Harris all participated, but Connor Harris was not alone. Davis and Darron Lee were the first inside linebackers to start the regular season, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
He made his debut in the Buffalo Bills' season-opener (eight solo) and was credited for half of a dismissal in their 21–12 loss. In the Jets' 20–6 victory over the Miami Dolphins on September 24, 2017, he had season-high 11 solo tackles, assisted on a tackle, and deflected a pass. During a 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 14, Davis collected 13 combined tackles (ten solo) and half a sack. He ended the 2017 season with a career-high 135 combined tackles (97 solo), a career-high five sacks, and three pass deflections in 16 games and 16 starts. In 2017, his 135 combined tackles ranked sixth in the league. He earned an overall rating of 87.3 from Pro Football Focus, ranking eighth highest among all qualified linebackers in 2017.
Davis joined the unrestricted free agent in 2018 and attracted attention from several franchises as he was expected to be the top linebacker in the free agency. Davis said he planned to return to New York and considered the Jets his home. Davis and the Jets were unable to reach an understanding, and Davis claimed that the Jets never explicitly made him a contract offer, but that it was most likely due to his asking price. Davis was signed by the New Orleans Saints on March 19, 2018, a three-year, $24 million deal with $16 million as a guarantee and a signing bonus of $9.20 million.
In a 33–18 victory over the New York Giants, Davis had 11 tackles, two for loss, and two sacks, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Davis sacked Matt Ryan once in week ten against the Atlanta Falcons, who beat them 26–18.
Davis signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the Saints on September 12, 2020.
Davis was fired on Monday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 for his first sacking of the season on Tom Brady. Davis fired Aaron Rodgers after the Green Bay Packers' 37–30 loss on Week 3. During the 27–13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Davis recorded a team high 12 tackles and fired Nick Mullens once.