It appears the Indianapolis Colts tweet-happy owner Jim Irsay wasn't blowing smoke after all.
As first reported by NFL Insider Jay Glazer, the Miami Dolphins have agreed to send fourth-year starting cornerback Vontae Davis to Indianapolis in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
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
The deal will still need to be finalized, but it looks as though Irsay and the Colts' reported search for a veteran No. 1 caliber cornerback is now complete.
Irsay has been drawing plenty of criticism as of late, openly tweeting about a potential move numerous times in recent days.
SERIOUS TRADE WINDS Swirling! We're talking given up high pick for SERIOUS Vet/Starter!.. these deals often crumble n don't reach completion— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
Colts Fans..Your GM Mr Grigson isn't afraid to roll the dice n aggressively improve YOUR Indianapolis Colts..n my check book stands ready!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 23, 2012
Davis, a former first-round pick in 2009, recorded nine interceptions in his three seasons with the Dolphins, including four last year alone—despite playing in just 12 games.
The Illinois alum hasn't exactly played with the consistency that is demanded of a former first-round pick with the raw athletic ability that Davis possesses, but a fresh start will likely benefit the 24-year-old CB, and he instantly becomes the No. 1 option on a squad previously devoid of experienced defensive backs.
Is the acquisition of CB Vontae Davis a smart move for the Colts?
The move doesn't make the Colts an immediate playoff contender, but it does bring another talented, young athlete to a squad with an awfully promising future.
For the Dolphins, it appears as though the time is now to move on from their former first-round pick and add a high-round pick for the future, while they still can.
Davis is under contract through the 2013 season and will earn a base salary of just $957,000 for this year, so coughing up a second-round pick for his services seems like a win for Irsay, Grigson and the Colts.
I was initially critical of Irsay's tactics in publicizing his trade interests, and still find the approach a bit unnecessary, but the move clearly shows he isn't afraid to follow through with his intentions.
In the end, that's all that really matters.
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