On Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts made a shocking move by cutting former pro bowl cornerback Vontae Davis.
The 29-year-old will also not be playing football for another team in 2017 as he has opted for season-ending surgery on his groin, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Even though Davis wouldn’t be able to play a snap for the Oakland Raiders in 2017, Reggie McKenzie should still go after the cornerback and here’s why.
First and foremost, the Raiders don’t have any ability to be picky at the cornerback position considering the talent that is currently in place. The worst three cornerbacks in the NFL, in terms of passer rating allowed, are all on Oakland’s roster, per Pro Football Focus’ Austin Gayle.
Of the 121 CBs with 101+ snaps through W9, #Raiders' Amerson, Smith & McDonald rank No. 121, 120 and 119 in passer rating allowed.— Austin Gayle (@AustinGayle_PFF) November 7, 2017
The Raiders need all the help they can get.
Clearly, Davis is gifted as he signed a four-year $36 million contract in 2014 and is a season removed from going to two straight Pro Bowls. He had a sub-par 2016 and an injury filled 2017. But, if he resembles anything close to his pro bowl years, the Raiders would have found a major upgrade for the secondary.
Coming off an injury and being released he should not have too high of an asking price which makes Davis more appealing especially with his potential.
Davis struggled during his five appearances this season with Indianapolis, but there is nothing like a change of scenery to revitalize a career. Look at Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, Joe Haden.
Haden struggled during his last two seasons in Cleveland earning PFF player grades of 31.8 and 46. But he has stood out as a Steeler putting up a grade of 81.2 so far in 2017, per PFF. He has one interception and 5 passes defended which would lead the Raiders.
As long as there is no major risk, in terms of the contract, there is no reason not to take a chance on Davis for the 2018 season and beyond. He has the potential to be a No. 1 caliber cornerback.