Vontae Davis Just the Beginning For Colts Trades?
Were Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s trade tweets a tease? Guess Not. The Indianapolis Colts acquired cornerback Vontae Davis from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second-round and conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2013.
Many sources close to the Colts believe this is only the first move the Colts will make before the start of the 2012 season. The former first round draft pick out of Illinois is a really nice addition to this defense. The Colts offer a formidable pass rush featuring Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, and needed some help defending the pass.
Vontae, the younger brother of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, has had ups and downs in his young career. In 2009, he boasted great numbers as a rookie. Pro Football Weekly selected him on its annual All-Rookie team, when Davis posted 53 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 11 pass deflections. But in the 2011 preseason, Davis said that he and fellow defensive back Sean Smith were the best “cornerback tandem” in the league. That’s a big mistake when you face Tom Brady in Week 1, and he puts on a clinic with 517 yards passing. His first two games were forgettable, as he left both games with cramps and a hamstring injury.
Was the price a little steep for the Colts considering that their second round pick will be in the top 40? I think not. Vontae Davis has shown that he has the ability at times to be a lock down corner, and is still climbing up the potential ladder. I like this trade a lot because Davis is only 24 years old and can be a solid piece to a rebuilding puzzle in Indianapolis. It was also a pretty good deal for the Fins, who are stock-piling many valuable draft picks in their own rebuilding process.
Can this move be the start of a few big names being brought over to Indy? There have been some reports that the Colts are very interested in big names such as Mike Wallace and Maurice Jones-Drew. Irsay has put a winner out on the field for a long time, and I think he will make the necessary moves for his team to succeed. In the new Andrew Luck era, I expect Irsay to be very active in the trade market to make this team better. Look for the Colts to make another splash.