Trading Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts was the right move for the Miami Dolphins to make. On Sunday the Fins completed a trade that sent Davis to the Colts for a second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional late-round selection, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
Davis is an extremely talented player, but he and the Dolphins had arrived at a place where neither party could reach its full potential.
When that is a reality it is usually best to part ways.
Davis is only 24 years old, the sun hasn't set on his career. Hopefully he'll be able to find the right combination of maturity and atmosphere he needs to excel in Indianapolis.
After all, it isn't as if he hasn't had some success in his three NFL seasons. He had nine career interceptions in his time with the Dolphins.
The Fins will also be OK at defensive back without Davis.
They still have Richard Marshall and the underrated Sean Smith at cornerback. Smith had two interceptions and 71 tackles in 2011, and I believe he is ready for an even bigger role.
Marshall had already supplanted Davis on the depth chart, so the coaching staff is already pleased with what he brings to the table.
What would you grade this trade from a Dolphins standpoint?
The second-round pick in 2013 gives the rebuilding Fins a way to add young, moldable talent to their roster.
Beyond the field this event simply adds to the polarizing qualities the Dolphins have picked up this season.
They hired a new head coach in Joe Philbin, chased and lost Peyton Manning, signed Chad Johnson, named rookie QB Ryan Tannehill the starter, cut Chad Johnson, and now this move.
That is a ton of high-profile happenings for the organization. It certainly doesn't hurt that there's a little documentary series called Hard Knocks being centered around the team.
In a city where the appreciation for the team isn't always where it could be, the Dolphins are getting some attention this year.
With attention comes revenue—or so the Fins brass hope. That is another resource the organization can use.
The Dolphins want to be front page news, and so far this season they have been. But we'll have to see what the results will be on the field.
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