INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RECEIVE CB-VONTAE DAVIS IN TRADE WITH MIAMI DOLPHINS
The Indianapolis Colts today received cornerback Vontae Davis in a trade with the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second-round pick and a conditional late-round pick in 2013.
“Bottom line with this move today is we got better as a football team,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “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 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, 5-11, 205 pounds, is entering his fourth NFL season. In 44 games played (36 starts), the 24-year-old has totaled 142 tackles (126 solo), 32 passes defensed and nine interceptions for 124 return yards, including one for a touchdown. Last season, Davis led the team with four interceptions and nine passes defensed, while finishing the year with 43 tackles (39 solo). His four interceptions ranked tied for fifth in the AFC.
In his rookie season, Davis led the team with four interceptions, making him the first Dolphins rookie to lead the team in interceptions in 20 years and the first Dolphins rookie cornerback to lead the team since 1969. That year, he finished with a career-high 44 solo tackles to go along with 11 passes defensed.
Davis was selected in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois. A three-year starter at Illinois, he started 34-of-36 games played and posted career totals of 206 tackles (139 solo), 22 passes defensed, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In his final season at Illinois in 2008, Davis was named a consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection after tallying a career-high 78 tackles (53 solo) and tying for second in the conference with three forced fumbles. As a sophomore in 2007, he started all 12 games and was the only sophomore semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back. As a freshman, Davis started 11-of-12 games, was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and was honored as a Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com.
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The Indianapolis Colts have acquired cornerback D.J. Johnson in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu. The deal will be finalized pending a completed physical.
Johnson, 6-1, 191 pounds, has competed in 10 NFL contests with the New York Giants (2009-10) and has totaled three tackles. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and spent time with the Tampa Bay and Minnesota practice squads before being signed by the Washington Redskins in 2011. Johnson was then released by Washington and signed to the Philadelphia practice squad where he remained for the rest of the 2011 campaign.
Johnson attended Jackson State and earned second-team All-America honors as a senior after totaling five interceptions.
Ogbu was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on July 29, 2011 and spent the entire season on the team’s practice squad.
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