Vontae Davis reportedly visiting Cleveland Browns after leaving Buffalo without a deal
Former Pro Bowl CB Vontae Davis, who left his first free-agent stop in Buffalo without a deal, is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Davis, the soon-to-be 30-year-old cornerback who was cut by the Indianapolis Colts in November, is reportedly healthy following core muscle surgery. Since his last contract was terminated, Davis won’t have to wait until the new league year opens to land with a new team.
The Browns could be an interesting destination for Davis, a talented but also inconsistent physical press corner with at least three interceptions in five of nine seasons since he was selected 25th overall by the Miami Dolphins in 2009.
Gregg Williams’ ‘D’ ranked 31st in interception rate last season, when Jason McCourty (team-high three interceptions) was the unit’s only corner to manage a pick. The Browns curiously released No. 1 CB Joe Haden just one week before last season began, and Haden went on to have a big year as the rival Steelers’ top cover man. McCourty, who signed a two-year deal last March, was solid in Cleveland, but he’ll be 31 when the season begins and is probably best suited as a second or third corner at this juncture.
Williams openly lamented his lack of man-coverage options in the secondary last season, which is Davis’ strength. In a top-heavy free-agent and draft CB class, new GM John Dorsey could get a nice head start by reeling in Davis. Of course, resources aren’t an issue for the cap- and draft pick-flush Browns. It’ll be interesting to see what Davis, whose two Pro Bowl trips came in 2014-15, is aiming for as far as compensation.