Things didn’t go the way Mike Davis hoped in 2021. The former NFL fourth-round pick headed to his hometown Atlanta Falcons last season on a two-year deal worth $100,000. $5.5 million, after playing against them during his time with rival NFC South Carolina Panthers. Davis won’t be lucky enough to enter his contract year, however, after receiving a series of bad news from the Falcons just two days after the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Davis, 29, was released by the Falcons, according to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, in a move that will save the team $2.5 million on their salary cap. It’s a cash boost that will help with the signing of their draft picks and undrafted free agent signings — the former including running back Tyler Allgeier out of BYU (fifth-round pick). The Falcons also managed to re-sign offensive flash Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency, while having Damien Williams, Qadree Ollison, Caleb Huntley and Keith Smith (fullback) on the roster.
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Ultimately, they felt Davis was useless, despite seeing him contribute 762 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns in 2021; numbers that could make him attractive this summer for teams that still need a capable veteran half-back or a club that will need one if he suffers an injury in that position before September.
Originally from Atlanta, Davis was born in the city and went to Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia – a suburb just a few minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta – before moving to South Carolina. to make a name for themselves at the college level. He entered the NFL as the aforementioned fourth-round pick for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015, and has since also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks (his first cross-divisional move) before joining the Chicago Bears. to start the 2019 season – ending that year with the Panthers.
Having now concluded his time with the Falcons, he will seek another NFL home in 2022.