Bucs trade veteran cornerback Carlton Davis to Lions

Having locked up nearly all of their most prized assets at the dawn of free agency, the Bucs formally have begun parting with some other prominent names.

On Monday, the team traded sixth-year cornerback Carlton Davis — and its sixth-round draft choices in 2024 and 2025 — to the Lions in exchange for Detroit’s third-round pick in 2024 (No. 92 overall).

A second-round pick in 2018 and integral part of the Super Bowl-winning secondary that dubbed itself the “Grave Diggers,” Davis exits Tampa Bay with nine interceptions in six NFL seasons. He missed 16 games due to injury over the last three seasons, totaling four picks and 32 passes defended in that span.

He was entering the final season of a three-year, $45 million deal he signed two years ago, and was set to earn a $14 million base salary in 2024. His departure likely paves the way for third-year speedster Zyon McCollum to possibly assume a starting role.

The draft’s 63rd overall pick in 2018, Davis had his best year in 2020, when he totaled four interceptions, 18 passes defended and 68 tackles. He missed 11 total games over the following two years, totaling two picks in that span.

He had two midseason interceptions last fall, but his 63.1 defensive grade — according to Pro Football Focus — ranked 68th among 127 graded corners and was his lowest grade since his rookie season.

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