Veteran cornerback Vontae Davis and the Buffalo Bills agreed to a one-year contract Monday, the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin reported.
The 29-year-old has spent the last six seasons in Indianapolis. He recorded 21 tackles without an interception in five games in 2017, missing most of the campaign due to a groin injury.
The Colts released Davis in November. The veteran corner was set to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, and it was clear the relationship between the two sides had deteriorated.
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Davis, who made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2014 and 2015, has made just one interception in his last 19 games.
The Bills will hope a change of scenery sparks an uptick in production, much the same way it did when Davis was sent to Indianapolis from Miami six years ago. They were already a productive secondary last season, finishing with 14 touchdown passes—the second-fewest—allowed against 18 picks, which were tied for the sixth-most.
Adding Davis—especially a rejuvenated one—will only bolster one of the league’s best seconda ries.
Davis now joins a Bills organization following groin surgery which was part of some of the contention in his final days with the Colts.
The Bills have Tre’Davious White who was second in the ROY voting, but another piece of their secondary will be hitting free agency in E.J. Gaines who will be getting some real play in the weeks to come.
While the Bills have plenty of work to do on the other side of the ball this offseason, the secondary is in good hands with the White-Davis duo complementing the impressive safety tandem of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection is ranked No. 31 on Around The NFL’s list of the Top 101 free agents of 2018.