Originally posted on Optimum Scouting  |  Last updated 8/26/12

When Colts' owner Jim Irsay tweeted that "TRADE WINDS (are) BLOWING!!!" earlier this week, it wasn't too big of a surprise. Irsay often appears to a monthly quota of semi-incomprehensible tweets to fill, and he had spent a good deal of time mostly out of the spotlight. It was about time for Irsay to grab some headlines.

Far more surprising was the actual trade: The Colts sent their 2013 second round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for cornerback Vontae Davis. It was an unexpected move by both teams, and it's leaving many to wonder what the logic was behind the trade on either side.

On the Indianapolis end of the trade, you have to think that many Colts fans will come away from the trade dissapointed. After Irsay's tweets indicated they were going to give up a high draft pick for a "serious starter", many around the league started speculating that the Colts were targeting a player like Mike Wallace.

And although the second round pick the Colts traded away is quite costly (it's likely to be a top 40 pick), Davis isn't quite the superstar many fans found themselves hoping for. Davis is a young corner that's talented enough to perform well in man to man coverage, but has also been widely inconsistent. He came into camp out of shape and had just recently start to fight for his position on the starting defense. Davis isn't a bad player by any stretch of the imagination, but is he really better than the players that will potentially be available early in the second round?

As it wasn't pointed out on miamidolphinsdraft.com, Davis wasn't even really the best option for the Colts. Players like Cary Williams in Baltimore are already familiar with Indianapolis' defense, and the Ravens would have likely been very willing to swap Williams for such a high draft pick. 

It's not likely that Dolphin fans will be thrilled with the trade either. The general thought process behind the trade isn't surprising: the Dolphins are in rebuilding mode, and it's to be expected that they would try to accumulate draft pick.

However, using Davis as a way to do that is unconventional to say the least. Davis, a first round draft pick in 2009, is still a young player that the franchise invested a early pick in. Even if the Dolphins end up with the top pick of the second round, they still will be losing end of things in the long term, turning a first round pick into a second rounder. 

Sure, Davis had shown up to camp out of shape and may not have been a week one starter for Miami. But trading Davis away makes the one good thing the Dolphins had going (their defense) weaker. It will make Ryan Tannehill's job more difficult, as it's more likely the opposition will be putting up points, and it adds another area for the Dolphins to address in the coming offseason.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
OPTIMUM SCOUTING
RECENTLY ON OPTIMUM SCOUTING
NFL Play-Calling: Using Expected Points to Compare the Value of Pass and Run Plays
Mason Rudolph, Ryan Tannehill Comparison, and Why He May Emerge As a Top 2017 NFL Draft Pick
Pressure Production, Pre-Season Edition: Using “Expected Points” to Value Pressure
Quantifying Quarterbacks, Pre-Season Edition: Gustafson Needs to Prove He’s Up to the Task
Purdue’s Ra’Zahn Howard Leads Our 2016 NFL Supplemental Draft Backgrounds and Scouting Reports
Big Deal: Save $25 on ALL Ticket Network Orders
Quantifying Quarterbacks, Pre-Season Edition: Iowa’s CJ Beathard Lacks a Dynamic Element Right Now
Pressure Production, Pre-Season Edition (Part 2): Louisville’s Devonte Fields Offers Most Upside after Top Tier
Pressure Production, Pre-Season Edition (Part 1): Auburn’s Lawson Leads Top Tier of Edge Rushers
Quantifying Quarterbacks, Pre-Season Edition: Still Waiting on Josh Dobbs’s Step Forward

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker