ESPN says some unidentified teams have indicated an interest in signing Vontae Davis in hopes of bringing in some playoff help for the secondary.
The short-term outlook for any team wanting some immediate help from Vontae Davis isn’t good. After all, the Indianapolis Colts weren’t playing him and ultimately released him largely due to an ongoing groin injury that was going to keep him off the field for what could be the rest of the 2017 season. However, the new free agent might find some immediate suitors after all despite his present health concerns in the hopes that the ensuing two months could allow him to heal enough to be ready for a playoff run.
ESPN is reporting that multiple unidentified teams have indicated an interest in Davis, a veteran corner who has been the Colts best pass defender for the last couple seasons. Davis made the Pro Bowl as recently as 2014 and 2015 and, despite being on the verge of turning 30, could still potentially help a thin secondary for the right scheme.
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It’s unknown whether or not the Chiefs are one such team, but clearly anyone will point to the ongoing experimentation opposite Marcus Peters on the outside as evidence that outside help would be appreciated. Recently, Chiefs secondary coach Al Harris admitted the team is just trying to figure out what combination of players work best outside and inside, as Kenneth Acker and Terrance Mitchell have been traded starting slots in recent weeks.
For the Chiefs, it’s an experiment that continues from even last season, since they haven’t had a sure thing at starting left cornerback (since Peters exclusively plays one side of the field) since Sean Smith departed in free agency for big money from the Oakland Raiders. Mitchell came on strong at the end of last year, but failed to hold on to the job this season. Steven Nelson has been injured and is generally slotted inside. Phillip Gaines has yielded several serious mistakes due to playing out of position or inconsistent play. Acker is the latest pasta thrown at the wall to middling results.
Davis shouldn’t make anyone over-excited if the Chiefs are interested, but he’s also every bit as good of an option, if he can get healthy in these last several weeks, as anyone else currently on the roster. Last year, the Chiefs struck gold by signing and elevating Mitchell to the active roster and then the starting ranks. Perhaps they need another bit of help from outside themselves for the same success in 2017.