Vontae Davis’ time in Indianapolis has come to an end.
The Colts on Thursday announced they have released the veteran cornerback after nearly six seasons with the team.
Davis opted to undergo season-ending groin surgery Wednesday and had been the subject of trade talks ahead of the NFL trade deadline last Tuesday. The two-time Pro Bowl player has struggled amid various injuries this season, missing the first three games with a hamstring injury and recording just 16 tackles with two passes defended in five games played.
Davis was also held out of Sunday’s win over the Texans for a what the team announced as a non-injury related issue. He wasn’t pleased with the way this week’s move was handled and said he felt more like he was benched than given time to heal.
“It should be more about the respect,” Davis said. “I’m a professional. I’ve been in (the league) long enough. When I look at the situation, I feel like there was no respect. Knowing Chuck (Pagano), I figured it would come from him. It really bothered me.”
Davis, 29, was set to become a free agent at the end of the season after signing a four-year contract worth $36 million with Indianapolis. He had been with the Colts since 2012 after the Dolphins originally selected him with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.