Vontae Davis was a highly touted corner coming out of the University of Illinois in 2009. He was drafted 25th overall to the Miami Dolphins. Davis has been a very serviceable corner during his tenure in the NFL. He played three seasons in Miami before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. Davis had some injury issues in his career, but has been productive for the most part. His career numbers are as follows: 395 tackles and 22 interceptions. This past season with the Colts was the lowest number of games he has appeared in for his career (5).
Now the question is should the Buccaneers take a chance on free agent Vontae Davis? He has cleared the medical testing that held him out of last season. The Buccaneers need help in the secondary, but is he the answer? Davis is no longer the shut down corner that he was when first arriving in the league. The game has gotten faster and Davis is only getting older. Entering his 10th season and going to be turning 30 years old I really don’t see this being the fit Tampa Bay is looking for. I would rather see them build through the draft or sign someone a little younger. The numbers say that Davis can still get it done, but logically the Buccaneers cannot take a chance at an older corner coming off the injury plagued season he had in 2017.
The Buccaneers have better options in free agency if that is the route they choose. Malcolm Butler, EJ Gaines, or Davis’ teammate with the Colts, Rashaan Melvin would all be free agents the Buccaneers could look at signing. All of these players would be younger, healthier, and more reliable than Vontae Davis. The Buccaneers may have to pay a little more, but I believe it would be worth it in the long run for these impact players. We will see what GM Jason Licht wants to do this offseason, but one thing is for sure the secondary needs some help.
Edited By Morgan Adele