BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills got a head start on a major positional need before free agency begins by agreeing to terms with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis on a one-year contract.
The team announced the agreement on Monday night.
The 29-year-old Davis spent the past five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. A two-time Pro Bowler, Davis was released by the Colts in November after suffering a setback with a groin injury and electing to have surgery.
The Bills have a need at cornerback after their secondary excelled under first-year coach Sean McDermott in 2017. Former first-round pick Tre’Davious White is entrenched as the team’s top cornerback, but Buffalo’s next three corners on the depth chart from last season — E.J. Gaines, Leonard Johnson and Shareece Wright — are all set to hit free agency this spring.
Davis entered the NFL as a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins before being traded to the Colts for a second-round pick in 2012. He has started 113 of 120 games, making 342 tackles, 97 passes defensed and 22 interceptions.
Shortly before the agreement was made official, Davis posted “#BillsMafia” on his Twitter account.
Buffalo had one of the top secondaries in the league in 2017, led by White and safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.