Vontae Davis is done playing football, and he decided that during halftime of the Buffalo Bills’ matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bills were losing 28-6 after the first 30 minutes of action.
According to multiple reports, the former Colts star cornerback got dressed in his street clothes and left the stadium.
“[He] pulled himself out of the game,” coach Sean McDermott said. “He communicated to us that he was done.”
Davis’ sudden retirement in the middle of the game was a shocker to the Buffalo coaching staff and players.
“I never have seen that,” Alexander said. “Pop Warner, high school, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. It’s just completely disrespectful to his teammates. ... He didn’t say nothing to nobody. I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he’s not coming out, he retired. That’s it.”
Davis released a statement after the Bills’ loss to the Chargers.
“It’s more important for me and my family to walk away healthy than to willfully embrace the warrior mentality and limp away too late,” Davis said. “This was an overwhelming decision, but I’m at peace with myself and my family.”
Buffalo signed Davis to a one-year deal in February that included a $2.25 million base salary and a $1.5 million signing bonus. $2 million of his contract is fully guaranteed.
Before heading to Buffalo in the offseason, Davis played in 76 games for the Colts — which were all starts. In those 76 games, Davis tallied 13 interceptions and 229 tackles. He was cut in November of the 2017 season after being bench in a loss to the Houston Texans.