What Vontae Davis Trade Means for Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins are looking toward the future.
If they didn't make it obvious when they traded their best wide receiver back in March, or when they drafted a consensus developmental quarterback in the first round, then they beat you over the head with it when they traded cornerback Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round pick, as reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:
For all who've been trying to find out Colts trade, I'm reporting the Colts have agreed to a trade for Fins CB Vontae Davis for 2nd rd pick— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 26, 2012
It may seem like the Dolphins got robbed in netting a second-round pick for their former first-rounder, but considering the recent string of events around Davis, the Dolphins got a steal.
UPDATE: Glazer added to his report that the Dolphins will also receive a conditional sixth-round pick in the deal.
You can never have too many cornerbacks, and Davis is a Pro Bowl talent to be sure, but how could his value be any lower? His maturity issues were televised for the world to see. Anyone who tuned into the season premier of HBO's Hard Knocks saw the Dolphins coaching staff become very agitated with his poor conditioning and poorer bladder control.
If he can get back into shape, he could prove to be worth the price the Colts paid for him. But whether he makes the Dolphins look foolish isn't just on him, it's on the Dolphins as well.
The cornerback position was considered a strength of the Dolphins headed into training camp, with Davis at the forefront, along with third-year cornerback Sean Smith and veteran free-agent addition Richard Marshall. With Davis gone, though, Smith and Marshall are immediately the top two options. But Marshall was brought in as a sub-package CB.
Nolan Carroll could be thrust into the mix at cornerback, according to CBS Sports:
Did the Dolphins make the right choice trading Vontae Davis?
In his two years in the league, Carroll has allowed 19 completions on 38 passes in his direction (50 percent), with one touchdown against two interceptions (per Pro Football Focus). It's a small sample size, but one that is indicative of the Dolphins' confidence in Carroll.
But beyond Carroll, who steps up? The names on the roster don't inspire a lot of confidence. Jimmy Wilson's chances of making the roster just went up, but beyond Wilson, Vincent Agnew and Kevyn Smith will also be vying for roster spots. The Dolphins could be scouring the waiver wire for pick-ups at cornerback as cut-downs are announced.
There's not enough evidence to say that the Dolphins have sufficient answers at CB in the wake of Davis' departure. But with key players being traded for draft picks, there's more than enough evidence that the Dolphins are looking toward the future with their roster moves.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained first-hand.
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