CB Vontae Davis Retires

A bizarre situation has unfolded in Buffalo as cornerback Vontae Davis has decided to retire. Davis reportedly pulled himself out of the game at halftime of the Bills’ loss to the Chargers and didn’t return to the game. He then released a statement announcing his retirement. You can read his full statement here.

While he said this isn’t how he “pictured retiring from the NFL” he said he had to make the decision because he was no longer physically capable of it. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN (Twitter link)., Davis changed into street clothes and left the stadium at halftime.

It’s a situation pretty much without precedent in the NFL. Davis’ teammate Lorenzo Alexander called it “completely disrespectful” and said he’d never seen anything like it. It’s another rough headline for a Bills situation that has been disastrous thus far. They’ve lost both their games by multiple scores and had to bench their starting quarterback, Nathan Peterman, after just one game.

The Bills signed Davis back in February and reportedly gave him $3.5MM guaranteed. They’ll almost certainly look to recover most of that money and should be successful. If this is really the end for Davis, he’ll finish his ten-year NFL career with 22 interceptions and 106 passes defended. The 2009 first round pick was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Colts.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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30 comments on “CB Vontae Davis Retires

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Beyond bizarre. Thankfully this guy wasn’t a commercial pilot. One look at bad weather and he would jump with his parachute leaving the passengers to fend for themselves.

    • sports is life

      I’ll give you the Bills are not great by any means but slow your roll big boy.

      They held the Chargers to 3 pts. In second half but you knowing nothing about Buffalo just reading some crappy headline on twitter somewhere is spouting crap about them.

      There rookie keeps fighting the entire game, did fold, didn’t

      • sports is life

        Their rookie did not fold, he didn’t quit he acting like a professional, keeping his team motivated and defense shut down the Chargers in the second half, so take your little asinine comment and back it up with facts

        • bklynny67

          Learn how to speak English tough guy… Your posts are almost unreadable. Buffalo is terrible. They likely won’t win a game this year. He decided there’s no reason to risk his body and health any longer for a team this pathetic. Josh Allen has to turn into God himself to save this organization from being the worst team in football for the next decade.

        • yoyo137

          Lol you’re so defensive of them but the Bills still suck. Bills tailgates >>> Bills team

  2. This is probably the most extreme case of “quitting on your Team” as we will see.

    He says he can’t physically hack it anymore, but I didn’t know that standing on the sideline in support for a half of football was so exhausting.

  3. Breezy

    Very disrespectful and cowardly. No one says he needs to at least finish out the season, but packing up and calling it quits at halftime?? What a joke.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The joke will be on him once he loses his income and gets crucified in the manner Kaepernick did.

  4. The Bills are a lost cause. Should be investigated for tanking, even though nothing would surface.

    • crosseyedlemon

      So using your impaired logic, every team that started 0-2 needs to be investigated for attempting to tank.

      • Freddy H

        Ya but dumping McCarron & Kerley are suspicious moves. I dont care if they do it, but theyre def tanking and saving money in the process.

        Awful management tho.. Could have had 2 1st round picks, tanked and got #1 QB this year…. Instead, swapped those picks for #4 QB.. let alone that he was the 3rd QB taken.
        Just a mess.

  5. nentwigs

    The minute he stepped onto the field he owed it to his employers and his teammates to give it (the game) the best effort he was able. Even if he was wrongly crucified by a coach or teammate for his on field performance, as a professional, he owed it to all parties including himself to continue giving his best effort until the game was over. AFTER the game or after sleeping on his decision, would have then been the appropriate time to discuss his decision with the head coach – behind closed doors.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Giving this an up vote because I agree and didn’t see anything having to do with Aaron Rodgers :)

  6. Z-A

    You guys are pathetic. And pretty sure none of you played beyond JV squad in HS. He said he realized he should not be on that field. If you cant trust your body and are just looking to not get hurt, you shouldn’t be on the field.

    • crosseyedlemon

      He sounds like the guy who would say “I knew I shouldn’t be in bed with this woman when I saw her husband coming through the door with a shotgun”.

  7. Decius

    Can we all just get over ourselves for a sec? Is it embarrassing? Yes. Is it hilarious? Yes. But it’s not something to keep talking about forever, like deflated football or taking a knee. The media and us fans are ridiculous many times.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Sure, we fans can be ridiculous but the difference is that nobody is paying us $3.5MM guaranteed for that service.

      • Decius

        You completely missed my point. I’m trying to get back to being entertained by sports and not outraged by it. This is laughable. And if the money bothers you, he will have to pay back almost all of his signing bonus. But I don’t care about that. I am entertained so I am happy.

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