The Indianapolis Colts have one player on their roster who is a true bargain. CBS Sports columnist Jason LaCanfora included cornerback Vontae Davis in his list of players who are among the most economical in the NFL’s salary structure.
Last fall, new Colts GM Ryan Grigson made a bold move to acquire the former Miami Dolphins first round pick, giving up a second round pick in this past year’s draft to bring Davis to Indianapolis. There were some initial questions surrounding Davis’ work ethic, and after injuries sidelined him early on, many declared the move a bust for the Colts.
Davis returned from injury, however, and down the stretch of the Colts 2012 playoff drive, and proved to be one of the more effective cover corners in the NFL.
Davis finished the season with three interceptions, 51 tackles and one sack. Playing in a system that regularly put him on an island in one-on-one coverage, Davis more than held his own against receivers like Houston’s Andre Johnson. All three of Davis’ picks came in the critical final two games when the Colts were battling for a wild card slot.
Davis enters the 2013 season as a clear starter at cornerback, a position which had been a weakness for the Colts until his arrival. It’s Davis' price tag, however, that landed him on LaCanfora’s list.
In acquiring Davis, Grigson was able to maintain the rookie deal Davis signed with the Dolphins in 2009. That means the Colts will have one of the NFL’s most effective cover corners under contract for another season, counting just $1.9 million against the cap this year. That has enabled the Colts to be bold this off season in acquiring free agent talent, like fellow cornerback Greg Toler who will hopefully take some of the pressure off Davis this year.
Davis may be a bargain this season, but make no mistake. If he continues to mature into a top-flight NFL cornerback, he’ll be eligible for a big payday after this season.
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