You knew that signing Daniel Jones to his four-year deal was just the start for NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen. The GM won’t be having any vacation days in the near future, as he’ll be working overtime to bring in free agents and keep Big Blue players in town as well with new deals. Yes, we’ll find out soon on Saquon Barkley.
However, Schoen was able to get things done on Wednesday with veteran linebacker Jarrad Davis. Davis may not be a superstar baller by any means, but he was signed off the Lions’ practice squad late last year and he had an impressive showing in the regular-season finale vs. the Eagles.
Now, Schoen has given Davis another chance to make a name for himself, with the ‘backer locked in for the 2023 campaign. There’s still going to be plenty of LB change for NY, but keeping Davis around for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale feels like a wise decision.
NY Giants re-sign veteran LB Jarrad Davis on a one-year contract
Davis indeed looked sharp in that Week 18 tilt against the Eagles, posting 11 tackles and a half-sack. He was showered with plenty of praise following that contest and it led to him starting in the Wild Card Round win over the Vikings, plus the Divisional Round loss to the Eagles.
No one is expecting Davis to be back as a full-time starter in 2023, as Big Blue supporters are hoping that Schoen can make a bit of a splash for an inside ‘backer in free agency or the NFL Draft. However, from a depth standpoint, Schoen has made the right call in getting things figured out with Davis early on.
Had he become a free agent, several teams likely would have shown strong interest in bringing him to town. Davis, a 6-1, 245-pounder, is a former first-round pick of the Detroit Lions. He’s suited up for the Lions, Jets and G-Men. For his career, he has 344 tackles and 11 sacks to his name.