After days of teasing his fans (as well as berating them) on Twitter, Colts owner Jim Irsay made good on his claim that the Colts were going to trade for a "SERIOUS Vet/Starter." FOX Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting that Indianapolis has sent a second round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for cornerback Vontae Davis.
Davis was a first round pick in 2009, No. 25 overall, selected two spots ahead of Colts RB Donald Brown (No. 27). Davis is the younger brother of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
Davis is known as a talented corner, but has had to deal with maturity problems. However, this past offseason, he seems to have grown up a bit. Acquiring Davis gives the Colts a true, legitimate corner to pair along with Jerraud Powers. He is also the fourth cornerback the Colts have traded for this year, along with D.J. Johnson, Cassius Vaughn, and Josh Gordy.
Giving up a second rounder is a steep price, especially for a Colts team with so many holes. However, it was obvious that the front office was not happy with the corner play in preseason. The starter for the first preseason game (Justin King) wasn't even active for the third game for reasons that still have not been explained. Kevin Thomas, the "starter" all throughout OTAs, was traded to Philadelphia (and later released by them) three days into training camp.
Upgrading the cornerback position was a high priority for Ryan Grigson, and he's accomplished it. Personally, I'm just glad Irsay made good on all his trade talk. If he hadn't, things would have gotten ugly. Instead, we get something positive to chat about: A legit man-to-man corner with serious talent. Great upgrade for the defense.