It was the one of the gripping images of the Dolphins appearance on HBO and NFL Films’ “Hard Knocks” back in the 2012 preseason. Then, General Manager Jeff Ireland telling his former #1 pick, DB Vontae Davis, on camera in his office that he had been traded to the Colts.
And, Davis sitting with a stunned look on his face for much of the brief conversation.
Then Davis, after being stunned, and saying nothing, quickly asked to call his grandmother to talk to her about what had just happened.
Eventually, after the former Fins GM gave him the reasoning behind why they were making the deal, Davis finally blurted out “What’d you trade me for?” And Ireland, responded, “a couple of picks.” (It actually turned out to be a second round pick in the following year’s draft.)
Well, Ireland is no longer in Miami, and Davis is now, no longer in Indianapolis.
This after the Colts and Davis had a dispute during the 2017 season about his playing time and about the severity of his groin injury. In the end, he wanted to have surgery and did, but the Colts waived him, saying they didn’t agree with the surgery choice.
So, he is now healthy and without a team.
And even though Davis cannot sign with anyone right now, because he was waived last season and has cleared waivers, he’s already allowed to take visits like free agents will be able to do in March.
And that process has begun on Monday:
Former Colts’ CB Vontae Davis is taking his first free-agent visit today with the Buffalo Bills, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 15, 2018
Davis in his prime was regarded as a #1 corner for the Dolphins and the Colts, where he made two Pro Bowl’s after the 2012 trade.
So, would the Dolphins, who need veteran DB help, if nothing else for quality depth, look his way? After losing Tony Lippett in the preseason with an Achilles for the season, and having another veteran in Alterraun Verner only play average and have nagging injuries, there is a need.
And, clearly with Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier now running the front office and Adam Gase, as the head coach, it’s a different day in Miami. Another factor is Davis will turn 30 years old in May and there’s definitely a question about what he has left to offer a new team.
Will Davis “forgive and forget” and visit Miami?
Are the Dolphins really that interested?
The mayhem of available players is just starting. Don’t rule it out.
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