by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/10/14) The Colts are close to re-signing cornerback Vontae Davis, and there's "every expectation it will get done Monday," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Indy made keeping Davis a priority after he broke up 12 passes and made one interception while starting every game last season.
Vontae Davis is Colts' top priority
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/19/14) Cornerback Vontae Davis has said he wants to stay with the Colts, and re-signing the impending free agent is the team's top priority, reports ESPN.com. Davis, 25, started every game last season, making 46 tackles and an interception and defending 12 passes.
The website notes corner Greg Toler was plagued by injuries last season, increasing the urgency for Indy to retain Davis.
Antoine Bethea not a lock to return to Colts
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/4/14) Free-agent safety Antoine Bethea has expressed a desire to stay with the Colts, but it's not a slam dunk he'll re-sign, reports the Indianapolis Star. "At 29, this could be Bethea's last shot at a big contract, and that could be a factor in negotiations," the report said.
Bethea had 108 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defensed last season. It was the fifth time in the last six years he recorded 100-plus tackles.
"He knows he needs to get stronger. He knows that," Grigson said in his postseason press conference.
Grigson did add that he felt Werner got better against the run as the year progressed. Werner started just one game in 2013 and managed 18 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.
Darius Butler leaves game with lower leg injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (1/12/14) Colts defensive back Darius Butler was forced out of Saturday's Divisional Playoff game against the Patriots with a lower leg injury.
Butler sustained the injury early in the fourth quarter and was unable to return for the remainder of the game. He registered four total tackles (two solo) and one pass defended in a 43-22 defeat.
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The Colts defense didn't do a whole heck of a lot to take steps forward in 2012, ranking 29th vs. the run and 21st against the pass. Robert Mathis led the way with eight of the team's 32 sacks while Darius Butler and Vontae Davis totaled seven of the team's 12 interceptions. The loss of Dwight Freeney might hinder the pass rush's potential but the team's additions of pass rusher Erik Walden, lineman Ricky Jean Francois, cornerback Greg Toler and safety LaRon Landry along with rookie pass rusher Bjoern Werner restock the roster with some hope for an improvement. They remain a longshot to help Fantasy owners as anything more than a one-week replacement option off waivers. (Updated 5/10/13)