The trade Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted at for three days on Twitter finally came to fruition with Indianapolis acquiring cornerback Vontae Davis from Miami.
The Dolphins will receive two undisclosed draft choices for the former first-round pick, with Irsay tweeting it to be a second-round pick and a conditional late-round pick in 2013.
Davis, who has started 36 career games, fills a glaring need for the Colts, who were looking for a starter opposite Jerraud Powers. He was moved by Miami to first-team boundary cornerback in the nickel package over the offseason following the free-agent signing of Richard Marshall, who will start opposite Sean Smith for Miami. Davis was often in the doghouse of former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano for a perceived lack of maturity.
Irsay took to Twitter to address critics of the move and his string of tweets in recent days alluding to a brewing deal: "If u don't like it buy ur own team and try to make the playoffs 9 seasons n a row n put together 7 straight 12 win seasons n a row as Owner!"
Another tweet read: "U can do all your judgmental chirpin' U want,it's not about subjective opinions...it what you DO n what your track record shows! CHECKMATE!"
"Bottom line with this move today is we got better as a football team," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement. "That is always the goal each day for this organization. From the first time he stepped on the field at Illinois as a freshman or in the National Football League as a rookie, you knew Vontae was a special talent. Now he has a chance under Coach (Chuck) Pagano and this coaching staff to reach not only his potential as a football player, but as a person as well. That is our collective goal moving forward."
Davis arrived at training camp vowing to have matured, but frustrated new coach Joe Philbin by engaging in a skirmish with Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith during a preseason game.
"We appreciate all the contributions Vontae has made to the Dolphins since we drafted him in 2009 and we want to wish him the best of success in Indianapolis," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said in a statement.