Thanks to the tweets of Colts owner Jim Irsay, everyone has been scrambling to see what trade may come of the owner’s tweets. Irsay’s tweets of “TRADE WINDS BLOWING!!!!!!” then “SERIOUS TRADE WINS Swirling! We’re talking giving up high pick for SERIOUS Vet/Starter…” has been the most in your face trade rumors I think I’ve ever heard of.
And after the likely trade positions were examined (obviously cornerback and offensive tackle), a few names came up, especially at cornerback. One of those names was the Dolphins’ Vontae Davis. But regardless how aggressive Jim Irsay wants to be, a Vontae Davis trade doesn’t help the Colts, Dolphins, or Davis all that much for a change of scenery to be beneficial.
In the early part of training camp, Davis appeared inconsistent, out of shape, and quickly onto the second team of the depth chart. It was not a good start for one of the Dolphins best defenders last season and a former first round pick just a handful of years ago. With Sean Smith starting to come into his own and the addition of Richard Marshall, Davis was quickly viewed as not good enough to start and not an ideal fit for a nickel role.
That was before, however. He has started to get into the coaches good graces. By now, he’s getting back in shape. He’s regained his status as a starting cornerback opposite Sean Smith, or at least battling for it.
So why would the Dolphins want to trade him? Answer is, barring a blown away offer, they wouldn’t.
First off, Davis is a former first rounder who, at times, has been a #1 cornerback and a defensive staple. “Giving him up” for just a 2nd or a 3rd rounder would be a loss on their investment along with putting them thinner at cornerback. Right now, he’s in a position to be the starter for a defense that badly needs to keep the game close with a rookie quarterback on the other side. Trading him for the future only makes the defense worse and gives Tannehill less of a chance to succeed.
As for the Colts, offering a 2nd rounder plus for Vontae Davis means hampering your future for a cornerback who is just starting to get back in shape and may not be the feature cornerback they can get in the 2013 NFL Draft with that likely high second rounder.
There are far better options out there as well for the Colts. With first rounder Jimmy Smith behind him, the Ravens could be looking to move cornerback Cary Williams, who is a great starter, knows the system, and is on a one year deal. Or maybe the Colts are looking to make a move for Darrelle Revis, who reportedly would like a new contract as well. That may be a 1st rounder plus for Revis, but the Colts may think it’s worthy. Even the Saints and Falcons have depth at cornerback that could be expendable.
If a Vonate Davis to Indianapolis trade happens, it doesn’t really give anyone the benefit they deserve. The Dolphins lose a starter, the Colts get a risky investment for a 2nd/3rd rounder, and Davis is forced to learn his 3rd system in 8 months as a cornerback.
Jim Irsay is entertaining to watch tweet, but until he pulls the trigger, he’ll just be gaining followers instead of new pieces to his rebuilding team.