Indianapolis Colts are desperate to re-sign cornerback Vontae Davis but they are going to still take the risk of not tagging him as a franchise player.
The 25-year-old was picked up in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, before he was traded to the Colts for the 2012 season.
Last season Davis only came up with one interception for the Colts, but he had 12 passes defensed and he was an integral part of an Indianapolis team that made the play-offs for the second season running.
His quality on the field has meant that the Colts certainly want to keep him, but he's seen as a player that isn't valuable enough to gain the security of a franchise tag.
As corners go Davis is still raw but he is the most physical player that Indianapolis has at the moment in his position.
At the age of 25 he is entering the best years of his NFL career, and tying him down to a long-term contract this spring would be a great move for the Colts.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport explained today on Twitter, "Colts want to strike a deal with CB Vontae Davis, but won't tag him."
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