The Buffalo Bills took a big step toward ensuring their secondary remains the strength that it was last season by agreeing to contract terms with free-agent cornerback Vontae Davis Monday night.
Davis first broke the news on Twitter with a Bills Mafia hashtag.
— Vontae Davis (@vontaedavis) February 27, 2018
Shortly thereafter, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via Twitter that Davis and the Bills agreed to a one-year contract.
Davis had visited the Bills and four other NFL teams: the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.
His signing would seemingly make it unlikely that the Bills would retain cornerback E.J. Gaines, who is due to become a free agent next month. Gaines joined the Bills last August as part of the trade that sent wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams. He started 11 games opposite rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White, who started 16. Gaines played well enough that he likely would attract some attention in the open market.
Leonard Johnson, another Bills cornerback who played on a one-year contract last season, started seven games last season. He presumably wouldn't be quite as in demand as a free agent.
The Indianapolis Colts released Davis, 29, last November after he elected to have season-ending groin surgery. That was apparently against the Colts' wishes; he reportedly has been cleared to return to football activities.
Davis, who entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2009, spent the past six years with the Colts.
He played in only five games last season before having a falling out with the team over his injury, which originally occurred in the preseason. Davis missed the first three games of the regular season, then returned to start five games in October.
The situation reached critical mass when the Colts left Davis home for a Nov. 5 game at Houston. Coach Chuck Pagano, who since has been fired and replaced by former Bills quarterback Frank Reich, announced that the decision was not injury related.
Davis disputed Pagano's account in an interview with the Indianapolis Star. The cornerback said he felt "disrespected" by coach's handling of the situation.
In 112 career starts, Davis has been credited with 395 tackles, 22 interceptions and 106 passes defensed.
The 5-foot-11, 207-pound Davis made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015.