It took all offseason and an hour into the NFL Free Agency Period, but the Indianapolis Colts have finally agreed to terms with cornerback Vontae Davis. This move was crucial and beneficial to the team’s success in 2014.
They signed some major players on the front seven, bringing in Arthur Jones on the defensive line and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. Those two, mixed with some guys already in place, give the Colts a very valuable pass rush and run stopping unit.
But it all would have been moot if they weren’t able to come to a deal with Davis. They already lost safety Antoine Bethea to free agency, and losing Davis would have been detrimental. They would have only brought back Greg Toler and LaRon Landry from last year’s team, which would have been scary; both were often injured and out of place when they did play. Davis and Bethea were Mr. reliables; losing both would have hurt.
They now have that shutdown corner mixed with a good front seven. If they can get another corner and a good replacement for Bethea, this team can be scary good. The defense would finally be able to pull their own weight and give Andrew Luck and the offense more to play with. Additionally, the team wouldn’t have to play from behind so much.
It also helps with familiarity, as Ryan Grigson was hoping to keep a nucleus together. Davis joins Pat McAfee, Adam Vinatieri, Sergio Brown, Fili Moala, Cam Johnson and Justin Hickman as guys re-upping with the team, which is crucial.
Eric Smith is the Colts writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team since 2010 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru