Free agent cornerback Vontae Davis is visiting with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Davis formerly played for the Miami Dolphins and, most recently, the Indianapolis Colts before the latter team released him following season-ending surgery to alleviate a groin injury on Nov. 8, 2017.
Davis was released by the Colts following that surgery, and is now making the rounds, presumably healthy. Prior to his release, he suggested that he was disrespected by the Colts when he was left home for the team’s Week 9 game in 2017. He missed the first three games of the season, started the next five, and aggravated the groin injury at that time.
Davis, 29, was a first-round pick by the Dolphins in the 2009 NFL Draft. He is the brother to former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, and was considered one of the top defensive backs in that year’s draft. He has been named to two Pro Bowls (2014, 2015), both in his time with the Colts. He has 22 career interceptions, 97 pass deflections and 393 tackles.
Cornerback is a huge need of the 49ers, but Davis isn’t a name that’s been thrown around much thanks to his injury. I wonder how people feel about him at this point in his career. He’s certainly been a high level cornerback, and recently, but he’ll have to really convince John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan that he’s at or nearing 100 percent healthy.