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Dolphins trade Vontae Davis to Colts for second-round pick

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Jim Irsay’s team has made the trade he has been hinting at for the last few days.

The Indianapolis Colts have acquired cornerback Vontae Davis in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported and PFT has separately confirmed. The Dolphins receive the Colts’ 2013 second-round draft pick.

Davis and the Dolphins’ coaching staff haven’t appeared to be seeing eye-to-eye this offseason. Davis has taken some time away from practice, and Hard Knocks has shown head coach Joe Philbin getting on Davis during training camp.

The 24-year-old Davis still has two years left on his rookie contract, and we’ve been told there have been no talks between Davis and the Colts on a new deal.

The Dolphins picked Davis out of Illinois in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He has played in 44 games in three seasons, starting 36.

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  1. yelix says: Aug 26, 2012 2:04 PM

    Wow. I saw someone predict this exact scenario in a comment thread on an earlier article this morning. Props to that guy!

  2. steelersfan88007 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:04 PM

    Thank God it’s NOT WALLACE!

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:04 PM

    I knew it!!!

  4. walker615 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:05 PM

    Colts got fleeced.

  5. spellingcopfather says: Aug 26, 2012 2:06 PM

    Damn now miami will have pick #1 & 2 in the second round next year, just kidding Miami fans!!!!

  6. panamon says: Aug 26, 2012 2:06 PM

    These trade wins blew.

  7. xsherr says: Aug 26, 2012 2:06 PM

    Dolphins got the better end of the deal.

  8. truninerfan49 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    This is the big trade Irsay has been talking about? Yawn!!!

  9. marino2clayton says: Aug 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    Hopefully someone besides Jeff Ierland will be deciding who to take with this 2nd round pick.

  10. rcali says: Aug 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    At some point this “Dolphins coaching staff” is going to learn how to deal with their top players instead of sending them off whenver they don’t want to manage them.

  11. lightcleric says: Aug 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    This is why we should ignore Irsay.

  12. nickyleacy says: Aug 26, 2012 2:09 PM

    This starting to look more and more like the Dolphins are surrendering this season, stockpiling draft picks (The Colt’s 2 and the Bear’s 3), ensuring a high draft pick for next year’s draft and letting Tannehill learn on the job.

    Only problem is us Dolphin fans are sick of losing. Is it too much to ask for a team that can at least contend for a playoff spot never mind actually winning a post-season game or a championship?

  13. swagjag says: Aug 26, 2012 2:09 PM

    THAT’S the big move?! Adding a serviceable malcontent? You got fleeced. A 2ND ROUNDER?! Laughable.

  14. sikkcaden says: Aug 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    Vontae has all the tools to be a top 5 CB, but he doesn’t seem to be the brightest. As a Phins fan, I’ll definitely miss watching him every Sunday.

  15. wallacejay says: Aug 26, 2012 2:11 PM

    This was the big trade??? A former 1st rounder (now a backup) for a 2nd round pick?? Wow, I guess this really puts Indy over the top.

  16. maestro1899 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:12 PM

    this trade will definitely help the colts this year as they need cbs. but they got terrible value. assante samuel went for a 5th!

  17. samwade611 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:13 PM

    Vontae Davis “I just read books” ,reporter”What kind of books Vontae” VD”just books, ya know, all kinds, magazines, books, ya know…”

  18. gr3710 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:13 PM

    thats what irsay was all giddy about? improvement yes, but not worth all that hype

  19. dirtyjersey9er says: Aug 26, 2012 2:14 PM

    I think I would like this a lot better if they traded a 3rd. Some QBs and WRs don’t get traded for that high a pick.

    I like Davis to the Colts based on ability of Davis and the need at CB for the Colts. But in terms of the pick given bad for the Colts who are trying to now build a team around Andrew Luck. That took away one more potential playmaker. Of course if they get the defense good quickly Luck could greatly benefit.

  20. wryly1 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:14 PM

    RD2 pick for an under-achieving RD1 pick seems like too high a price.

  21. jtdapit50 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:14 PM

    Thats it? thats what all the hype has been about for the past 5 days?? The sh*t got hot over vontae davis???

  22. FinFan68 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:17 PM

    I figured it was Davis after reading a comment in another article a few days ago. I guess the new regime isn’t kidding about dumping attitude issues/players who won’t get with the team-first program. He showed up out of shape and had an attitude but he was coming back around. He is a very talented player in a position with little depth on the Dolphins. It doesn’t make sense unless he was a negative influence in the locker room. Now they need to look to the waiver wire for a CB in addition to the WR/OL help they need.

  23. 3yardsndust says: Aug 26, 2012 2:18 PM

    I’d sooner trust Kathy Ireland than Jeff Ireland with a high draft pick. Jeff couldn’t pick his nose with a mirror and a strong light.

  24. xsfmed says: Aug 26, 2012 2:20 PM

    This is good for the Colts despite the high price tag. Miami is where talent goes to die and I am sure Pagano can coach this dude up a little. Good trade.

  25. geniusfan says: Aug 26, 2012 2:22 PM

    The Dolphins may end up being terrible this year but they definitely won this trade.

    Vontae Davis is a decent starter and not much more than that. To give up a valuable second round pick that the Colts could have used to build Andrew Luck an offensive line so he doesn’t get killed is incredibly short sighted.

  26. boneyardbuc says: Aug 26, 2012 2:22 PM

    Nice trade for the Phins.

    Personally I wouldn’t want someone on my team who was so dumb that they needed assistance to think of the word “act.”

  27. lockoftheweak says: Aug 26, 2012 2:23 PM

    Watch Ireland trade that 2nd rounder for Welker

  28. canetic says: Aug 26, 2012 2:24 PM

    Wow. The Dolphins are serious about tanking this year. Not that Vontae Davis was spectacular, but he was the best DB they had. At least the Colts will be bad too, so that’s going to give them three picks in the top 35.

  29. scottieplongballs says: Aug 26, 2012 2:25 PM

    The Dolphins are reminding me of the McDaniels regime in Denver. That worked out real nice.

  30. randallflagg52 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:26 PM

    The real loser in the trade is Vonte Davis himself. He has to go from Miami to Indy? He would have been better off just retiring.

  31. lilrob10201 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:27 PM

    FOE REAL ???

  32. basexc9 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    I think it’s funny that both teams’ fans think they got screwed

  33. danehart says: Aug 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    Maybe the Phins are stockpiling these draft picks to make an offer to Wallace??

  34. shlort says: Aug 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    Never heard of him. He must be good. Smooth move, Jim.

  35. jc327 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    Knew it, was thinking days ago this was what was happening. Vontae got passed in camp by both Sean Smith and Richard Marshall. But, I still really liked they guy, if he could just get it together he could be one of the best.

  36. thestewman3 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    Vontae is an excellent run stopper. He love to hit people and it not affraid of contact, unlike a lot of top CB’s. The problem with Vontae is not him, but the overall poor play at saftey for the fins. Not to mentioned that Miami keeps changing coaches faster every two years.

    I predict he will be the colts best CB this year.

    The colts got a steal for a player that is not even in his prime yet.

  37. gguffey says: Aug 26, 2012 2:32 PM


  38. upperdecker19 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    That’s a trade only Andy Reid can love. Nice job Dolphins

  39. jgava19 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:36 PM

    I love this trade. Gave up a lot but Colts are getting a very solid player who fills a desperate hole in Indy. Very young and won’t be dealing with a coaching carousel like he did in Miami. A steal for the Colts.

  40. 3kdad says: Aug 26, 2012 2:37 PM

    I can now confirm that Irsay beats out Jerry Jones for biggest jackass/owner.

  41. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 26, 2012 2:37 PM

    Davis was in free-fall on the depth chart in Miami. A second round pick for him is crazy. The Colts apparently haven’t watch Hard Knocks or any of Davis’s snaps this preseason.

  42. khuxford says: Aug 26, 2012 2:38 PM

    Indy definitely overpaid. Shockingly so, really. Always happy to see an AFC East team lessened for the coming season, though.

  43. jgava19 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:39 PM

    The loser is Vontae because he goes to Indy???

    Is that because Miami is such a powerhouse team and consistent playoff team?

  44. dolphindubs says: Aug 26, 2012 2:40 PM

    Ok, Miami. Now use that 2nd round pick and swing a deal for WR James Jones out of GB! Overpay? Yes. But its a must right now to GET SOMEONE THAT CAN CATCH SOME BALLS!

  45. countryskinsfan says: Aug 26, 2012 2:41 PM

    How’s that going to help them to stop the run??

  46. tfd4999 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:41 PM

    yup, the dolphins can afford to get rid of good young players. at least ireland may no longer be with the organization by the time the pick comes due

  47. craigmaitland says: Aug 26, 2012 2:41 PM

    I wonder what Dallas could have got from the colts for a healthy Mike Jenkins, who is better.

  48. brealistic says: Aug 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    thestewman3 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    Vontae is an excellent run stopper. He love to hit people and it not affraid of contact, unlike a lot of top CB’s. The problem with Vontae is not him, but the overall poor play at saftey for the fins. Not to mentioned that Miami keeps changing coaches faster every two years.

    I predict he will be the colts best CB this year.

    The colts got a steal for a player that is not even in his prime yet..

    Oh Really? The guy has a drinking problem, Never in football shape, Hangs out late on game day. The only thing VD like to hit is the BOTTLE…

  49. benacci says: Aug 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Aug 26, 2012 2:26 PM
    The real loser in the trade is Vonte Davis himself. He has to go from Miami to Indy? He would have been better off just retiring.

    Yes because Miami has been to two Super Bowls recently……Vontae will be welcomed with open arms and will be coached up by a Head Coach who has a great background on punishing Defenses.
    Indy may not make playoffs this year but it has a good foundation and a staggering amount of caps space next year for free agency.

  50. chesslungo says: Aug 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    V Davis is just happy he wont be getting murdered by Brady 2 times a year. He went from a division with the greatest QB of all time to a division with Blaine Gabberts Jake Locker and TJ Yates (after Schaub gets hurt)

  51. dawsonleery says: Aug 26, 2012 2:45 PM

    2nd round is way too much for an average CB.

  52. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Aug 26, 2012 2:45 PM

    Revis or Haden would’ve been better, this was an ok pick up though

  53. gmoney14 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    No team can continue to trade away their 1 round picks for lesser rounders and expect to compete. This is why this once proud franchise sucks.

  54. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Aug 26, 2012 2:51 PM

    It’s a good move for a team that needs to win games this year after unloading salaries last offseason. What’s the point in having 2 dominant edge rushers in Freeney and Mathis if there’s nobody back there to benefit?

  55. ripster65 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    That’s it?!?!?! “I’ll take door #2, Bob”…This guys’ words and actions get worse by the minute…He made it sound like he was working on a package deal for Rodgers, Megatron and MJD or something….Vontae Davis? sheesh…

  56. stevemo says: Aug 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Called this in a comment here earlier. Unfortunate that I turned out to be right as I liked Davis.

  57. catquick says: Aug 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    The Dolphins lost a seasoned 1st round talent and get a green 2nd rounder? With CB’s at a premium that seems like a steal for the Colts.

  58. jgava19 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    Revis is a FA next year. Colts 40 million under cap

  59. scyankee9999 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:56 PM

    With an extra 2nd I see Miami using their 2nd to trade for a WR this year. Maybe Britt or a packers castoff. KC has a WR who wants out. Only problem with Wallace or Bowe is the cant sign new contracts till after the year is over. That puts a damper on giving up a draft pick.

  60. section441 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:59 PM

    So, the Dolphins trade what many believe their best CB for a draft pick. Yes, Smith has looked good on Hard Knocks, but every Dolphins fan knows Davis was the best CB since he came here. Not even close. And unlike so many other corners, he can play the run….well. He has reminded me of Antoine Winfield when he first started. We play against Brady twice a year and instead of Davis in the slot on Welker, we will have Nolan Carroll. Nice…. Even if they wanted to trade him, why not for a WR? Our supposed number 1 receiver, Naanee dropped three balls Friday night. The real question is who will be the GM next year and what will he do with the first overall pick? Ireland, you are awful and you are in over your head.

  61. promickey says: Aug 26, 2012 3:06 PM

    rcali says:Aug 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    At some point this “Dolphins coaching staff” is going to learn how to deal with their top players instead of sending them off whenver they don’t want to manage them.
    Addition by subtraction has been GM Ireland’s M.O. The Dolphins get 2 third round picks for Brandon Marshall and who do they draft in the third round; Mike Egnew a stretch as an NFL tight end. Miami gives up Marshall without a similar replacement thus currently have very little talent at receiver. Now this move to unload V. Davis. A typical Dolphin GM move by Ireland for reducing the teams talent level. However the team will have great citizens with character.

  62. colclama says: Aug 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    Sounds like a talented guy, but maybe not a player who actually had to pass real courses in college. Must admit I never heard of him until now.

  63. stv1719 says: Aug 26, 2012 3:08 PM

    Think of it this way… At least the Dolphins fleeced somebody for the pick they lost to acquire A.J. Feeley.. not all bad news… Improvement on both ends

  64. achap39 says: Aug 26, 2012 3:15 PM

    So this Irsay ‘blockbuster’ was for Vontae Davis?!? Can someone ban this clown off Twitter until he says something useful, PLEASE?

  65. realfootballfan says: Aug 26, 2012 3:20 PM

    Davis has been a good player on a crappy team. Being away from Miami might do him better, too.

  66. cantonbound13 says: Aug 26, 2012 3:56 PM

    Jeff Ireland drafts a guy in the first round or trades 1st round picks for guys that 2 years later he trades away for worse picks. Does Ross realize this pattern? How do they ever expect to get better?
    Look at some of his earlier top picks that were true “gems” & who he passed on. Drafted: Philip Merling, Pat White,Chad Henne, Kendal Langford, Patrick Turner, Koa Misi & John Jerry. Passed on: Matt Forte, Desean Jackson, Ray Rice, Jermichael Finley, Lesean McCoy, Mike Wallace, Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham & DeMarco Murray. He also passed on Hakeem Nicks to draft Vonte Davis.

  67. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 26, 2012 3:58 PM

    Hes the type of cb the colts needed, plays the run and isnt afraid to hit anybody, why is other teams worried bout what colts offered for??? Its their team n their draft pick…coach pagono can coach him up, plus J.powers got hurt, glad team is doing something to fux the problem ….brother!!!!

  68. igotgamenj says: Aug 26, 2012 3:59 PM

    To all Miami fans this team is rebuilding it’s that simple they have a rookie head coach and QB you now have a 1st, two 2nd’s and two 3 round picks to get Tannehill some big WR’S that can catch a football

  69. billhicks666 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:00 PM

    jgava19 says:

    “..A steal for the Colts.”

    Not for a high second-round pick, it’s not.

  70. billhicks666 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:02 PM

    realfootballfan says:

    “Davis has been a good player on a crappy team. Being away from Miami might do him better, too.”

    How will it “help” him? He’s going from a crappy team to a crappy team.

  71. gojags says: Aug 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    Is this the trade wind that Irsay was tweeting about over a week or so?

  72. dhook93 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:37 PM

    Im going on record now- Colts will go at leasst 8-8, barring an injury to Luck, Wayne, Freeney, or Bethea, and will be right in the thick of the playoff hunt.

  73. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 26, 2012 5:04 PM

    Vontae Davis is worth a 4th round pick and nothing more.

  74. realfootballfan says: Aug 26, 2012 5:13 PM


    I meant the Miami night life environment, which from what I’ve heard of him in the past has been one of his issues.

    However, I’d also add that going from one of the worst run organizations to one of the best (even despite all of the off-season changes) won’t hurt either.

    Sure, the Colts were crappy last year but they were in the Super Bowl 3 years ago, while the Dolphins have been in the playoffs once in 10 years while coming dangerously close to 0-16 twice in a decade. That’s hard to do.

    Dolphin fans need to come to grips with the fact that not only does Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross not have a clue, but there are deeper long term problems in that organization.

    When prominent influential advisors who’ve been in place pre-dating Ross and Ireland not only advise that Mike Tomlin was “too hip hop” for the HC job but also passed on talented front office types like Thomas Dimitroff amongst others, there is a systemic rot permeating that organization that needs to be blown up.

  75. somuchintheworld says: Aug 26, 2012 5:41 PM


  76. wkffighter says: Aug 26, 2012 5:52 PM

    First Brandon Marshall and now VD… th lets see who we get for these picks next season

  77. wjmoffatt says: Aug 26, 2012 6:48 PM

    Colts made out great on this deal. They had maybe the worst cornerback talent in the league, and now can use their #1 pick on a WR, say Robert Woods.

  78. cheers4ablumpkin says: Aug 26, 2012 7:41 PM

    And trading Brandon Marshall. Forgot Bout that.

  79. yem123 says: Aug 27, 2012 12:06 PM

    I feel bad for HBO and Miami fans.

    1. HBO…. this is the first time ever where I have not enjoyed Hard Knocks. It is getting even worse as any player with any personality is being shipped off. Looked like the QB competition would be interesting until Garrard got hurt. Philbin is the most boring man alive, Reggie Bush is the only good skill position player they have and he doesn’t have much of a personality, and Ryan Tannehill just looks like a total d-bag and I am rooting against him with everything I have.

    2. Miami fans… I think your front office is gunning for the #1 overall pick next year. All I have seen them do is weaken the team.

  80. paychrisjohnson28 says: Aug 27, 2012 4:01 PM

    Vontaze Davis is only 24 years old and already has started the main portion of 3 seasons in the NFL and he went to Illinois 3 hours north of Indianapolis, and Pagano scouted Davis out of Illinois when he was coming out so he knows he has skills… Pagano will be a better coach for the Colts (like Ravens he coached before) than Philbin will be (like when with Packers. Pagano is human with people skills, Philbin is a robotic coordinator with no people skills whatsoever or compassion for players I.E. Philbin is not a players/coach, he can’t relate to them. This is why Davis will be happier and do well for the Colts watch. The Colts will have a much better record than the Dolphins this year because the Colts have a QB that will keep them in games as Luck has better skill players around than Tannehill does.

  81. meytonpanning says: Sep 1, 2012 12:03 AM

    So far, this looks like a stupid move by Jeff Ireland.

    If he doesn’t redeem himself next year, there’s gonna be a lot of angry Fins fans.

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