Former Jets linebacker Demario Davis said he felt surprised New York never made him an offer in free agency before he signed with the New Orleans Saints.
"The shocking thing was the Jets didn't make me an offer, so that made my decision easy because all I had to do was look at the contenders," Davis said, according to the New Orleans Advocare's Rod Walker. "It would have been something to weigh."
The 29-year-old Davis spent five of his first six seasons with the Jets, re-joining the team via trade in 2017 after a year with the Cleveland Browns.
A former third-round pick, Davis recorded 135 combined tackles and five sacks, both career highs, and emerged as a leader inside the Jets locker room last season. But instead of returning to New York, he signed a three-year, $24 million deal with New Orleans, closer to his Brandon, Mississippi hometown, with $18 million guaranteed.
"The hardest decision isn't where to go, but deciding if you want to go or stay," Davis said. "So I didn't have to make that decision so that was the peaceful thing about it. I was able to just weight my options objectively."
The Jets replaced Davis by signing former Carolina Panthers linebacker Avery Williamson to a three-year, $22.5 million deal.