Lost in the media explosion that is Tim Tebow signing with the New England Patriots was some Dolphins news this evening. The team has agreed to a four-year deal with rookie cornerback Will Davis.
Davis was drafted in the third round out of Utah State and should provide the Dolphins with much needed secondary depth this season.
Davis probably won’t push the likes of Brent Grimes, Richard Marshall, and second-round pick Jamar Taylor for a spot on the first-team. But he could compete at nickel where Jimmy Wilson is currently the man to beat.
Davis is a fluid athlete with great hips. He certainly has the skill set to cover the slot. But Wilson, Nolan Carroll, Dimitri Patterson and the loser of the competition between Richard Marshall and Jamar Taylor could all factor into the equation.
The Dolphins have now signed seven of their nine draft picks with Davis’ fellow third-round draftee Dallas Thomas and third overall pick Dion Jordan still needing deals.
It shouldn’t take long to get Thomas under contract. Negotiations with Dion Jordan aren’t expected to go as smoothly.
General manager Jeff Ireland’s insistence on offset language, like the fine print that made signing Ryan Tannehill so difficult last summer, could lead to a holdout situation that sees the Dolphins’ first-round selection miss training camp practices.