15. Cody Davis
Davis, a special teams specialist, just wrapped up his fourth season in New England. Prior to the Patriots, the Texas native spent five seasons with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. As an undrafted special teamer, he must have been the apple of Bill Belichick's eye.
Davis is on an expiring contract and will be 35 years old when the 2024 season starts. The end of the Bill Belichick regime also likely signals dialing back the number of special teams only players on the roster under new coordinator Jeremy Springer. Although you never know, because if the Patriots offense looks like it did this season, then New England's punt coverage will get a lot of work in.
Of note, Davis and Springer did not overlap with the Rams, since the former had departed before the latter joined Sean McVay's staff.
In 2023, Davis also played the lowest percentage of special teams snaps since he joined the Patriots, and his lowest percentage since 2017. His $1.25 million cap hit in 2023 ranked within the top 20 on the team, ahead of names such as Ja'Whaun Bentley, Jabrill Peppers, Jahlani Tavai, Mike Gesicki and Trent Brown. In the event he does somehow return, it would expectedly come at a discounted number from 2023.
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