Vontae Davis: Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts trade: Miami sends Davis to Colts for draft picks

The Miami Dolphins have traded Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round pick in an unspecified year.

"We appreciate all the contributions Vontae has made to the Dolphins since we drafted him in 2009 and we want to wish him the best of success in Indianapolis," said Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland.

Davis, a 2009 first-round pick, started 36 games for the Dolphins over the past three seasons. But he'd had a difficult month with this new coaching staff.

First Davis, who tallied 148 tackles, one sack and nine interceptions as a Dolphins, lost his starting spot to Richard Marshall, whom the Dolphins signed to a three-year, $16 million deal this offseason with the intent he'd serve as the team's nickel cornerback.

Then Davis, 24, was embarrassed by the coaching staff on HBO's Hard Knocks reality series. Coach Joe Philbin and Davis' position coaches raised questions his conditioning and maturity level, and mocked him for his routine bathroom breaks.

Davis has served as the third cornerback during the exhibition season, coming onto the field in the nickel package for all three preseason games. While he struggled against Tampa Bay in game one, his coverage has been steady the past two games. In Friday night's 23-6 loss to the Falcons an interception Davis returned for a touchdown was called back because of pass interference.

Once Davis, who will earn $957,500 in base salary this season and $1,136,250 in 2013, passes a physical the trade will be finalized. And he'll likely get paired with Jerraud Powers as the Colts starting cornerbacks.

Nolan Carroll, whose steady play this training camp indicates he's rebounded from a difficult second season in 2011, will likely replace Davis as Miami's third cornerback. But the Dolphins are thin at that position considering Jonathan Wade was cut on Saturday.

Sean Smith, who becomes a free agent at the end of 2012, and Marshall will continue to serve as the starters, and Carroll will come on the field to man the boundary while Marshall moves inside.

Outside of those three the only other veteran cornerbacks that remains on Miami's roster heading into this week's trim to 53 players is Quinten Lawrence, a former NFL receiver learning to be a cornerback, and Vincent Agnew, who spent last year on Miami's practice squad.

The Dolphins typically keep five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster, which means General Manager Jeff Ireland will likely be searching for a pair on the waiver wire this week.

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