Vontae Davis Trade Is a Great Move for Miami and Joe Philbin

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IAugust 26, 2012

Nov 20, 2011;  Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis (21) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 35-8. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier today, Jay Glazer reported that the Miami Dolphins have traded Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for a second and sixth round draft pick in 2013. 

This deal may initially seem tilted in Indianapolis' favor because Miami used their first-round pick on Vontae in 2009. But that pick was only 25th overall, and the Colts' second round pick could very well be in the top five, meaning that it could only be an actual net difference of 10 spots. 

For anyone who's been keeping up with Hard Knocks, this trade shouldn't be too much of a surprise. It was evident that Vontae showed up to camp out of shape, and the coaching staff was getting agitated with him.

As good as Davis is, his starting spot was very much up in the air, with free agent signing Richard Marshall taking his spot throughout the preseason. Nolan Carroll has also been impressive throughout camp, and Jimmy Wilson is a talented player who will now get a chance to prove himself.   

Davis is plenty talented, but his attitude is of the same mold as Brandon Marshall and Chad Johnson, who have also been ousted from Miami by Joe Philbin. It is clear that Philbin wants a certain type of locker room, one full of players that work hard and have a team-first attitude.

The Dolphins are in rebuilding mode; this trade helps them continue to stockpile draft picks. On top of their first round selection in 2013, they now have two picks in both the second and third rounds.

This trade rids Miami of baggage, and their defense shouldn't take a significant step back without Davis. The trade is a great move by GM Jeff Ireland to help continue rebuilding the Dolphins for the future. 

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