Linebacker remains the Bengals’ biggest question mark, which is great news for Deshaun Davis.
The former Auburn Tigers linebacker was selected in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft in hopes of bolstering a dangerously thin linebacker group in Cincinnati. Last season, Davis led the Tigers in tackles (116) en route to First-Team All-SEC honors.
Now, Davis will look to fight for one of the final linebacker spots on the Bengals’ 53-man roster.
According to Over The Cap, Davis’ deal is for a total of $2,647,840 over four years.
If the Bengals wind up cutting Davis, they will owe him almost $130K this year. If he plays all four years in Cincinnati, he’ll make a little under $800K in his final season before hitting free agency.
While Davis was picked in Round 6, where players are far from assured of a 53-man roster spot, he’s got a good chance of making it just because the Bengals are still thin at the position. He’ll probably end up fighting Hardy Nickerson, Chris Worley and Malik Jefferson for the final linebacker spots.