Jim Irsay hinted at it all weekend long, and eventually the trade finally came to fruition. The Indianapolis Colts completed a major trade on Sunday August 26 by acquiring cornerback Vontae Davis from the Miami Dolphins. Davis is a major upgrade at the Colts' biggest area of need. This trade instantly makes the defense significantly better.
While many felt that Jim Irsay was just blowing smoke on his twitter account again, the big move he hinted at actually came true. For the fans out there who were hoping to acquire a big name like Maurice Jones-Drew or Mike Wallace, those were never real options for the team. They were easy rumors to float around, but were never practical. Players like that simply don't become available unless they hit the open market. Vontae Davis is still a very good pickup for the Indianapolis Colts.
In 2011, Davis had 43 tackles, one sack and four interceptions for the Miami Dolphins. An attractive part of the deal for Indy is the very affordable contract he has as well. Davis is signed through the 2013 season and is set to make around one million dollars in base salary each year. This makes him a very affordable starting cornerback. Indianapolis gave up a second round draft pick in 2013 and a conditional late round pick as well to acquire Davis. Fans shouldn't be overly concerned with this move to trade future draft picks. If the move pans out, Indianapolis has a player much better than anyone they would acquire at any point in the second round next year.
This is yet another instance this offseason where fans have to applaud the great work of general manager Ryan Grigson. As a fan, I couldn't be more excited about the future of the team. Indianapolis has a great building block at quarterback and has a general manager that will look anywhere and everywhere to improve the roster. The addition of Davis makes Indianapolis better now and going forward. Adding a talented 24 year old cornerback in a league that is moving more and more towards a passing league, is a very valuable asset. Now fans will impatiently hope that the aggressive moves turn into wins on the field in 2012 for Indianapolis.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He runs a blog about the team at www.coltsfansonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.