The Dolphins have traded Vontae Davis for two 2013 draft picks, the team has confirmed.
One pick is believed to be a second-rounder while the other is believed to be a low-round selection, probably a conditional sixth rounder.
The trading of Vontae Davis today signals the Dolphins are in full rebuild mode.
They have a rookie head coach.
They are trading away current talent for future talent.
They are going with a rookie quarterback -- granted a first-round pick, but a rookie nonetheless.
They are, so far, showing no interest in adding a veteran wide receiver -- having passed on the idea of signing Braylon Edwards when he was available. (Terrell Owens is available now after he was cut by Seattle today.)
Back to Davis, general manager Jeff Ireland released a statement on the trade that failed to explain why the team is taking this step:
"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," Ireland said.
I suppose one can argue the Dolphins are getting good value in that they now have two second round picks slated for 2013. Except the Dolphins haven't exactly hit home runs with their second round picks in recent years.
Phillip Merling was a second-round pick. Chad Henne was a second-round pick. Pat White was a second-round pick. Koa Misi was a second round pick. Daniel Thomas was a second-round pick. Most are gone. None are stars.
Colts GM Ryan Grigson, meanwhile, is pleased with his move.
“Bottom line with this move today is we got better as a football team,” Grigson said. “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 (Chuck) 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.”