The Browns' newest free agent signing comes to Cleveland excited about the kind of impact he hopes to make on the team's defense.
The Browns on Wednesday signed linebacker Demario Davis. The former third-round pick out of Arkansas State spent the previous four seasons with the New York Jets.
"There's a lot of positive energy in this building," Davis said. "It seems like they're ready to take this organization in the right direction. I felt nothing but positive vibes from (executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown) all the way down to the defensive coordinator and the head coach. I just felt like this was the best fit for me and my family. I wanted to be a part of what was going on here so I'm happy to be a part of it.
"I just want to be able to come in and help as best as possible. I take pride in being a run stopper. I take pride in covering. I take pride in playing in space, being a sideline-to-sideline backer. I take pride in getting after the quarterback. I just want to be able to do whatever the coach is asking of me."
Davis, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound inside linebacker, appeared in 64 games with 51 starts from 2012-15. He hasn't missed a game since entering the league while accumulating 392 tackles, 8.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and one interception. He's racked up more than 100 tackles in each of the past three seasons and was the team leader in 2015 with 114.
A Brandon, Mississippi native, Davis was a three-year starter at Arkansas State. He was selected with the 77th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
"I played for some great defensive minds," Davis said. "I played with a lot of great players. Just everything I've been able to learn over the four years is going to help me as I enter into the next chapter of my career.
"It's a tremendous coaching staff here. I'm excited at what they're trying to do. I'm trying to be the best player I can be. I think if I'm playing at the top of my game, I can be one of the best in the game. That's what I aim to do."
A look at newly signed ILB Demario Davis' three-year career. (All photos by AP Images)