Vontae Davis had a dominant contract year, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 3rd ranked cornerback and 2nd in terms of coverage grade. However, the Colts are overpaying him based on his contract year. He has an inconsistent past and the Colts are paying high, giving him a 36 million dollar deal over 4 years with 20 million dollars guaranteed. That type of move doesn’t usually end well. This contract has an average annual value of 9 million per year, which is the 7th highest average in the NFL among cornerbacks, and the guaranteed money of 20 million is the 5th highest in the NFL among cornerbacks. I don’t think that’s appropriate for him.
Davis was a 1st round pick in 2009 by Miami and he’s never been able to consistently put it all together. He had a solid rookie year on 709 snaps, grading out 26th among cornerbacks, and then looked like one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in 2010, grading out 12th. However, he missed 4 games with injury in 2011, fell down to 37th, and then fell out of favor with the coaching staff when Joe Philbin came in, getting benched in the pre-season for being out of shape. The Dolphins were able to trade him to the Colts for a 2nd and 6th round pick and it looked like the Colts got hosed in that trade, as he missed 6 more games in 2012 and graded out 74th. He put it all together for his contract year, but who is to say he won’t coast and get out of shape again now that he has 20 million guaranteed? This deal could pan out, but it’s a huge risk.