Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Vontae Davis Released by Colts

Vontae Davis Released by Colts

"I had a groin tear that I dealt with", Davis said. Davis said it was not Pagano who delivered the news that he was being benched, but defensive coordinator Ted Monachino and defensive backs coach Greg Williams.

Davis' release comes a day after it was reported that he was going to have season-ending groin surgery after seeking another medical opinion on the injury.

Colts fans aren't happy with a season that looks entirely lost.

Something that could be considered a bit of a "slap in the face" to Davis given his strong history and rapport with Pagano previously, who helped him develop into an elite cornerback.

"Knowing Chuck I figured it would have come from him", Davis, who has started all 76 games he's played with the Colts, said on Wednesday afternoon. Because we are now after the trade deadline, all players hit the waiver wire, but it is unlikely we'll see Davis claimed if his injury is bad enough to require surgery.

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"It should be more about the respect", the cornerback said. Simply put, he could play one-on-one press coverage against the opposing team's best wide receiver, and allow the Colts to rotate their secondary help elsewhere. This ends a roughly two-week saga of drama between the former Pro Bowler and the Colts.

Since then Davis has not been on the injury report.

The 29-year-old Davis played in five games this season, recording 21 combined tackles with two passes defensed.

That end came the next morning, when the Colts made a decision to release the nine-year veteran.

While it could ultimately cost the Colts a free agent compensatory draft pick by releasing him, the Colts are projected to have near $70 million of cap space in 2018 and should be "big spenders" regardless-which could make them ineligible for draft pick compensation regardless. Now No. 1 cornerback Rashaan Melvin has been playing well and will continue his role as the team's primary cornerback while Pierre Desir has also played well above his pay grade at the No. 2 corner spot. However, maturity apparently still remains a concern for the rookie cornerback. He missed the first three games of the season before returning against Seattle.

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