Davis didn't join the Bills on the field for the second half of Sunday's loss to the Chargers after apparently revealing his intention to retire from professional football, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. In a surprising decision, Davis reportedly told teammates and the coaching staff in the locker room during the intermission that he had no desire to continue his 10-year career, resulting in the Bills finishing the contest with only three healthy cornerbacks. Davis currently remains on the 53-man roster, but it's expected that he'll either be released or formally file for retirement in the coming days to open up a spot for the Bills to add another player. If this is indeed the end for Davis, he'll walk away from the NFL with 22 career interceptions over 121 games with Miami, Indianapolis and Buffalo.
Davis, acquired by the Bills in free agency this offseason, has yet to cement a starting role and is being pushed by Phillip Gaines, Mitchell Courtney of the Bills' official site reports. Davis had been the presumed starter since his signing, but he hasn't been as natural a fit to the team's defense as perhaps the team originally expected, and he looked silly at times during Sunday's preseason loss to the Bengals. The veteran still has a lot to offer and the hunch remains he'll win the starting job across from Tre'Davious White, but he has clearly has more to prove to the coaching staff with only one more preseason game remaining.
Davis said this week he has no limitations in his recovery from groin surgery ahead of voluntary offseason workouts later this month, Nick Veronica of The Buffalo News reports. "Everything is good, man," Davis said. "I'm making tremendous strides, tremendous progress. I'm on schedule to go, we're going into OTAs next week. There's no limitation, I'm able to do everything." Davis, one of Buffalo's bigger offseason signings, is expected to start at cornerback across from Tre'Davious White.
Davis is still recovering from his groin injury despite being medically cleared, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Davis battled through injury for much of last season, which eventually lead to his release by the Colts midway through the year. He received full medical clearance a few weeks ago but isn't quite back to 100 percent yet. It isn't expected that he'll be limited much, if at all, when the Bills' offseason program begins.
Davis agree to a one-year contract with the Bills on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Coming off back-to-back injury-shortened seasons, Davis has since fully recovered from November surgery to repair a core-muscle injury. The Colts parted ways with the veteran midseason after finding limited interest via trade, but the 29-year-old drew plenty of interest from teams once the season ended and his health was no longer a concern. Davis ultimately chose to join an up-and-coming Bills secondary that already features 2017 second-team All-Pro safety Micah Hyde and rookie Tre'Davious White, who graded out as Pro Football Focus' second-best cornerback in 2018. Look for Davis to start opposite White during the upcoming season, a role that should result in Davis seeing more targets, and thus, more tackle opportunities. It still likely won't be enough to make Davis an appealing commodity in IDP settings, given that he's never posted more than 51 tackles or four interceptions in any campaign.