DENVER -- Todd Davis evolved from a practice squad player into a contributing starter. The Broncos handpicked him from New Orleans, and he rewarded their faith with solid production. When Corey Nelson defected to the Eagles this week, it increased the Broncos' desire to keep Davis.
Wednesday, the Broncos re-signed Davis to a three-year, $15-million deal with $6 million guaranteed.
Davis did not want to go anywhere.
"I am so excited. I wanted to stay," Davis told Denver7.
He later added on Twitter, "B L E S S E D! I’m so excited to continue my NFL career here in Denver! I’m excited for the future and can’t wait to strap those pads back on! God is Great."
A former star at Sacramento State, Davis posted 82 tackles last season in 14 games despite dealing with a lingering ankle injury. His career high of 97 tackles came in 2016. Davis, who turns 26 next month, is known as a sound tackler, but a possible two-down player depending on the coverage the Broncos' employ.
He earned the respect of his teammates for his character and toughness. He was named the Ed Block Courage award winner last season. Davis credited his career to always being prepared, and never letting anyone outwork him in film study (he set up a room in his house to watch endless video after taking over the starting job from Danny Trevathan).
The Broncos face a decision on fellow inside linebacker Brandon Marshall. His $5 million salary becomes guaranteed on March 18.
The Broncos have added cornerback Tramaine Brock in free agency -- one-year, $4 million -- and continue to look for secondary depth at cornerback.
Virgil Green, a steady blocker and huge presence in community outreach events, told Denver7 he has signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Broncos were prepared for Green to leave.