Indianapolis is not messing around. After days of tweeting by owner Jim Irsay hinting that a deal was in the works, the story broke. Indianapolis aquired former first-round pick Vontae Davis from Miami for a second round pick and a conditional, undisclosed late-round pick in the 2013 draft. Davis has shown flashes of greatness in his 3 years as a starter in the NFL, amassing 150 tackles, 9 interceptions, and 1 sack for the Miami Dolphins defense. So, why is Miami trading him just before the season starts? Dolphins have depth at corner and is hurting at wide receiver. The trade offers Miami a chance to build through the draft or use the picks as trade bait to acquire a receiver immediately. Plus, head coach Joe Philbin does not put up with off-field issues. Just ask Chad Johnson. Vontae Davis has definitely had his share.
A troubled past for Davis:
2009: Miami selects Vontae Davis as the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft.
2010: Suspended from starting one game for breaking unspecified team rules.
2011: Shows up hung over to walk-through practice. Gets into an argument with wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
2012: Demoted from being a starter behind Richard Marshall after showing up to training camp out of shape.
Even Davis’ grandmother told him to get into shape after watching this season’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins on HBO, according to USA Today.
So why did the Colts trade away their second round pick, essentially a starter, for Davis? Indianapolis lost another player this weekend, nose tackle Brandon McKinney, in Saturday’s 30-17 loss to the Washington Redskins. McKinney, who was brought in from the Ravens under coach Pagano, had an MRI confirming a torn anterior cruciate ligament which effectively ends his season. Starting cornerback Jerraud Powers also left the game with a sprained knee and is scheduled to have a precautionary MRI.
The Colts have mounting injuries this preseason and in order for #1 pick Andrew Luck to succeed (or even have a chance), the price for a starting corner is high. In a division with Andre Johnson, Justin Blackmon, and Kenny Britt, the Colts need to rebuild for the future. Jerraud Powers is 25 years old and Davis only 24. This pair of starters might fill a long-term need, assuming that Vontae Davis gets his act together and performs up to his potential. Colts will take on final two years of Davis’ rookie contract. $957,500 in 2012, $1.136,250 in 2013.
Great risk may lead to great rewards.