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After spending the final 5 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, defensive finish Marcus Davenport reportedly has discovered a brand new dwelling.
In line with NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero, Davenport has agreed to a one-year take care of the Minnesota Vikings value $13 million.
The Saints traded up within the 2018 draft to pick out Davenport 14th general, sacrificing their 2019 first-round choose within the course of. Sadly, he has produced combined outcomes, as he is by no means performed a full season in his NFL profession.
This previous season, Davenport appeared in 15 video games and recorded 29 whole tackles and simply half a sack. His greatest season got here in 2021 when he posted career-highs of 39 tackles, 9 sacks and three pressured fumbles in 11 video games. The 26-year-old has profession numbers of 142 tackles, 21.5 sacks, seven pressured fumbles and one fumble restoration.
By becoming a member of the Vikings, Davenport will possible be positioned reverse Danielle Hunter. The incumbent at that spot, Za’Darius Smith, requested to be launched from the workforce final week. Whereas Rapoport reported that the franchise had no plans to grant Smith’s want, the acquisition of Davenport opens the door for Minnesota to take action.
The Vikings ranked thirty first within the NFL final season by permitting opponents to common 388.7 yards per recreation and thirtieth by permitting 25.1 factors per recreation. Minnesota is hoping to see a turnaround in 2023 beneath new defensive coordinator Brian Flores, who spent final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach.
If Davenport can attain his full potential with the Vikings, he may have the chance to money in with a long-term deal subsequent offseason.