This is nothing personal against Vontae Davis, the person. He's come a long way from the guy who showed up drunk/hungover at a Dolphins training camp practice in the Summer of 2012. In many ways, he's revitalized his career in Indianapolis and has provided a good presence as a cover corner in Chuck Pagano's defensive scheme. However, Vontae Davis is not worth $35 million, which is the kind of money he can command as he enters free agency this year. In two seasons with Indianapolis, Davis has only 4 interceptions. In 2013, he earned only one. While interceptions are not the sole deciding factor in determining a cornerback's worth - just like touchdowns are not the only way to measure a quarterback's value - they are important when it comes to determining whether a player like Davis should receive a nearly $5 million yearly salary increase. Should Davis be re-signed to a contract similar to the one Green Bay gave Tramon Williams in 2010, his cap hit would rise from $1.8 million to roughly $5.5 million in 2014. Absolutely nothing was guaranteed to Davis when his contract was traded from Miami to Indianapolis. If general manager Ryan Grigson signs Davis to a 5-year, $35 million deal, Davis' dead cap hit could be significant depending upon how his bonus is spread out. For those that like to point to Pro Football Focus' 2013 cornerback ranking of Davis as PROOF that he is indeed worth the money, please stop yourselves for a moment and think. I love PFF, and I sing their praises all the time. Just like anything else, their analysis is not be-all, end-all. If you honestly think that Vontae Davis - who was wildly inconsistent in 2013, as he standard statistics clearly show - was the third best corner in the entire NFL last season, you have problems. Primarily, eyesight problems. Again, I wish to stress that this is nothing personal against Davis, even though I'm sure someone in his camp will take it that way. This is about money and value. In my opinion, Vontae Davis is worth about as much as he was paid last season, which was the final year in his rookie deal signed in 2009. He received $1.8 million, with none of it guaranteed. If Davis signed a 4-year deal worth $10 million with a $3 million bonus, I'd say that's just about what he's worth.
Re-Signing CB Vontae Davis is a Bad Idea for Colts
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