The New York Jets cut top cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Sunday, saving them $9.5 million against the salary cap but leaving them with a huge void at the position. Reports now claim the team is going hard after free agent corner Vontae Davis, who is expected to sign a contract on Tuesday when free agency officially opens.
The Jets and head coach Rex Ryan tend to love bigger, man-cover corners and Davis is just that. At 5-11 and 204 pounds, he’s a strong, fast guy who can make plays in the secondary and be left on an island.
Davis was originally expected to sign a deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. The 25-year-old was looking for a similar deal to the one Sam Shields got from the Green Bay Packers. The Colts have not accommodated yet.
Shields got a four-year, $39 million contract from the Packers, and Davis is reportedly looking for a deal in excess of $8 million per year and possibly closer to $10 million.
Davis could still wind up with the Colts, since anything can happen, but that doesn’t appear likely at this point. The Jets are his most likely destination, but even that is up in the air, since crazy things can always happen.
Heck, 24 hours ago everyone was expecting Michael Bennett to team up with his brother Martellus on the Chicago Bears, then he turned down more money to stay with the Seattle Seahawks. There are no sure things out there in free agency.
But if we had to put money on it right now, we’d guess that Davis doesn’t return to Indianapolis. If that happens, the Jets are probably leading for his services.