In a move that goes to show how different this year’s Coltsteam is from previous teams…the Colts traded a second round draft pick for Miami’s cornerback Vontae Davis. Davis, the brother of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, was a first round draft pick in 2009. The Colts traded a second round draft pick and a conditional late-round pick in the 2013 draft.
When is the last time you heard of the Colts making a major trade…particularly a major trade for a player that is reputed to have behavioral and conditioning problems. Of course, most reports are mixed on the issue. The fact is that this trade is a gamble. Davis is young, and could fulfill his potential as a first round pick, making this trade a stroke of genius. Or he could continue to have problems and make the deal a great gain for Miami.
Either way it turns out, I am excited about this trade. While I have always appreciated the Colts’ refusal to put up with poor behavior from their players, I am excited to see the Colts take some risks. We always knew what we would get from previous Colts players. The only anticipation was whether they would live up to their expectations. With Davis, we know we have a talented player. Now we get to see exactly how good the coaching staff is at managing its people. Can they make this guy the player he should be? Will be strengthen a Colts secondary that we have all been complaining about for years? Are we going to see any repeats of the Davis/Smith incident that took place on August 17? I don’t know. But I am excited to see how this turns out. And, unlike many of the critics, I say well done Jim Irsay and Ryan Grigson! In a season that we are all expecting to be a loss, you are giving us a fighting chance and changing the face of Colts football. Even if this doesn’t pan out…you are giving us a good ride!