It’s official. The Indianapolis Colts shipped a second-round selection to the Miami Dolphins in a trade for cornerback Vontae Davis on Sunday. The Colts also handed the Dolphins an undisclosed conditional late-round pick.
With many focusing on several star players that Indianapolis wasn’t interested in, we told you which specific player Jim Irsay and Indy was actually targeting for a trade — a young cornerback that made sense from both team’s perspectives.
Chosen 25th overall out of Illinois in 2009 by the Dolphins, Davis has played in 44 contests with 36 starts in three seasons with the Dolphins. The 5-11, 205-pound cornerback registered a total of 51 tackles, four interceptions and one touchdown in his rookie campaign.
In his second season, he forced one fumble, one interception and 54 tackles in 16 games (15 starts) in 2010. Despite missing four games last season, the Dolphins’ 24-year-old corner once again collected four interceptions with 43 tackles and 1.0 sack in 12 games (all starts) in his third year.
“Bottom line with this move today is we got better as a football team,” Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said. “That is always the goal each day for this organization.
“From the first time he stepped on the field at Illinois as a freshman or in the National Football League as a rookie, you knew Vontae was a special talent,” Grigson added. ”Now he has a chance under Coach Pagano and this coaching staff to reach not only his potential as a football player, but as a person as well. That is our collective goal moving forward.”
In Indianapolis, a glaring need at cornerback has been addressed.
More long-term success is also in the works in Miami by building through the draft.
It’s also a better scheme fit for the former first-round pick as a Colts starting cornerback.
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