LB Todd Davis
If it wasn’t for the fact that Mr. Denver Broncos himself, John Elway, made the decision to let stud tackling linebacker Todd Davis go, Broncos Nation would be foaming at the mouth. Despite that love affair, many were puzzled why such a vaunted player, known for his tackling, was cut by the Broncos. While true he’s not the most dynamic player and his pass coverage skills are suspect, the fact that Davis can lead a top of the line defense in stopping the run game is pretty crucial.
Especially if it were the AFC North.
While the Browns keep saying they’re content with their linebackers (despite attempts to upgrade them), a guy like Davis would be a true impact player for a defensive squad that is lacking any outside of Myles Garrett. Davis would probably be taken off of the field on third-and-long and any passing situations, but that’s ok. He’s not coming in with a big contract and he’s not going to break the Browns bank. He doesn’t need to be everything for the defense.
If he fails, so what, it means the entire corp failed so what’s one more? If he succeeds, then great. You found a linebacker for a few years. The team is looking at a long season if the team can’t stop the run and the first test of the Baltimore Ravens will set the tone for what’s to come. The team has issues and holes in their linebacking corp. That’s not in dispute.
They might step up, erase all doubt, and go on to be the greatest linebacking corps in the history of the NFL. They might also be part of one of the worst defenses in recent memory because they’re a bunch of unproven, cheap options. Brought in primarily as a way to save on salary cap space.
So what’s one more, sub-million dollar, single-year contract?