Former Falcons RB Signs With Ravens

Mike Davis

Getty Former Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Davis.

It didn’t take long for former Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Davis to find a new home after being released last week.

The veteran back signed a new one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on May 10, the team announced via Twitter.

Davis joins a relatively crowded backfield in Baltimore that features J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, Ty’Son Williams and Nate McCrary, along with rookies Tyler Badie and Ricky Person Jr.

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Davis Lost His Starting Job in 2021

When the Falcons initially signed Davis to a two-year deal ahead of the 2021 season following his one stint with the Carolina Panthers, he was set to be the lead back in Atlanta.

However, after just three starts, he ended up losing his starting job to dual-threat running back/wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson.

Davis went on to finish the 2021 season starting eight of 17 games, rushing 138 times for 503 yards and three touchdowns while also catching 44 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. Occasionally, he struggled to hold onto the ball, fumbling a career-high four times.

While Davis didn’t get to finish out his initial two-year deal in Atlanta, he said he was thankful that the Falcons gave him a chance to play for his hometown team:

“I appreciate everything the falcons did for me,” Davis wrote in a tweet. “I was able to play for my hometown and impact my community. I appreciate the fans and my family.”

The move was expected after Atlanta took running back Tyler Allgeier in the fifth round out of BYU in the draft last month.

Since 2016, Davis, a former San Francisco 49ers draft pick, has logged 550 career rushes for 2,034 yards and 14 touchdowns while splitting time with the Niners, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Falcons.


Davis’ New Contract Comes at a Good Time

The news of Davis’ contract comes after his Atlanta home was broken into on May 4.

According to Cobb County police records obtained by ESPN, Davis was at dinner when his security system alerted him around 9:50 showing “two males wearing gray hoodies with the hoods over their heads, masks covering their faces and armed with handguns walking up to his back patio.”

The Georgia native was robbed of over $100,000 worth of jewelry and custom cleats that honored his late father, Michael Oliver, who died of cancer in 2019.

Davis tweeted about the incident, emphasizing that the cleats meant more to him than the jewelry: “The devil works hard but I ain’t gone let it ruin me. Some youngins broke into my crib and stole my jewelry. But the most important thing they stole was my cleats with my dad name and cancer cause on it. Now that hurts.”

The tweet included photos of some of the stolen items, including the custom cleats.

 

Other items listed as stolen from Davis’ home, according to ESPN, included a $25,000 diamond necklace in the shape of the number 28, another $25,000 diamond necklace in the shape of his initials, “MD,” two Cartier bracelets, a Gucci handbag and four tennis chains.

The investigation is ongoing, according to ESPN.

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