Miami Dolphins: Should the Fins Trade Cornerback Vontae Davis?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IAugust 26, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 04:   Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders fights for a loose ball with  Vontae Davis #21 of the Miami Dolphins during a game  at Sun Life Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been quite the prolific tweeter.

His Twitter account (@JimIrsay) has been saying some interesting things as of late to his loyal followers and Colts fans.

He broke the news of an impending trade for a “serious vet/starter” over Twitter, which caused a frenzy in the media.

Sitting at the center of this frenzy is Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis, who has been the center of speculation regarding this tweet.

The question that remains for the Dolphins organization is should they bite the bullet and trade Davis for future draft picks? Or do they stick with him to lead the secondary?

While Miami’s secondary has been downright atrocious throughout the preseason, Davis clearly stands as the best corner.

The fourth-year man and former first-round draft pick out of Illinois has had his ups and downs in his short NFL career.

His impressive pick of Tom Brady in his rookie season stands out to me as a highlight of his sheer athleticism. Inexperienced in the NFL, yet covering Randy Moss like a veteran was just a hint at the potential in this young corner. He impressed Dolphins fans in South Beach with his pure nose for the game.

But things have been ugly as of late. He showed up to training camp out of shape and was quickly demoted to second string. Although he earned back his starting job, this was not the type of behavior a new Dolphins coaching staff expected out of Davis.

He was also expected to be a leader in a secondary that was clearly the weak end of the defense. That leadership has been nonexistent.

In the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers, Davis was given the job of covering the ferocious Steve Smith. The Miami corner let Smith get to his head, as the highlight reel showed the two of them fighting on multiple occasions throughout the game, resulting in unnecessary personal foul penalties.

But either way, while Miami heads into a new direction with coach Joe Philbin and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the problems for the squad are across the board.

And a lot of them stem from a weak secondary. The preseason has made the Dolphins defense look subpar, and the secondary has definitely been the worst. Davis does bring some sort of experience to this weak link, but is he going to step up as the leader or continue to act with immaturity?

The Dolphins front office has a lot to think about. Is Vontae Davis part of the future of the organization? Or is he a player that they can afford to let go?