CB Vontae Davis to “reflect” on Bills, other free agent visits
The Buffalo Bills might have a hole in their secondary to fill. Actually, quite a few.
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Tre’Davious White is the lone cornerback who will be back with the team next year. Lafayette Pitts will likely be back, he’s an exclusive rights free agent.
EJ Gaines, Shareece Wright, and Leonard Johnson are all unrestricted free agents. Vontae Davis, a free agent from the Indianapolis Colts, is as well and he visited with the Bills organization on Feb. 15. According to his Twitter pages, he’s now reflecting.
As referenced by Davis, he did not only visit with the Bills. His “tour” involved the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Oakland Raiders.
The 29-year-old’s signing with the Bills could be a sign the team would move on from Gaines, who has an estimated value near $9 million a season, per Spotrac.
The Bills are in a tricky cap situation with just under $30 million remaining, with 18 total free agents of their own, draft picks, and other additions the team could make this offseason to consider into that.
Davis is allowed to visit teams ahead of the March 14 free agency deadline because the Colts already released him in November due to a groin injury, therefore he’s not a pending free agent, he is one.
But along with injury, Davis had a falling out with the Colts.
Leading up to Indy’s Nov. 5 game against at the Houston Texans, Davis was a healthy scratch and the team did not take him to the game. Davis expressed his displeasure the following week and said his groin issue had still been hampering him.
Colts’ GM Chris Ballard also went on the record that week stating he didn’t believe Davis had any setbacks. The saga ended with Davis’ release.
With clear interest in his services from the Bills, it begs the question, what can Davis offer? Along with groin injuries, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he also had offseason surgery on a core injury.
Buffalo Football Beat spoke with George Bremer, Indianapolis Colts beat writer from The Herald Bulletin and asked what Davis had to offer.
“He’s definitely lost a step, but he’s still a crafty veteran and a great presence in the locker room,” Bremer said.
An addition such as that, along with Davis’ reputation as a strong tackler in a zone defensive scheme, would fit the bill for the Bills head coach, Sean McDermott.
In five games last season, Davis has 21 tackles and two passes defended. In 120 career games, he has 22 interceptions and 97 passes defended.
Updated (12:19 p.m.): Davis is now up to five free agent visits, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he is visiting the Miami Dolphins on Friday, the team that made him a first-round pick in 2009.