In a unusual turn of events Buffalo Bills Cornerback Vontae Davis called it quits in the middle of a game last week.
The 10-year veteran said it was due to the wear and tear that the game of football has placed on his body.
This turned out to leave a sour taste in the mouths of his teammates when they heard the news. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander seemed to have taken the retirement the hardest. “Never have seen it, Pop Warner, high school, college, pros, never heard of it, never seen it,” he said. “Completely disrespectful to his teammates. He didn’t say nothing to nobody. You know as much as I know. I found out going out for the second half of the game. They said he’s not coming out, he retired. That’s it.”
With news of his retirement, Davis’s teammates weren’t the only ones upset about the situation. Former Buffalo Bills head coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan chimed in, releasing the following statement: “It is the ultimate disrespect, I think. You’re gonna quit, quit on Monday. It’s an embarrassment”.
It turned out to be one of the most bizarre retirements in recent memory. Given the lack of depth the Bills have at the cornerback position, the Bills aren’t left with much flexibility and will have to look for a free agent that the team could pick up.
Davis signed with the Bills on a 1-year, $5 million dollar deal this offseason. More than likely, he will not receive no more then $769,302 and could forfeit over another $283,088.
Although many called his retirement cowardly, Vontae Davis leaves behind a legacy of 10 great seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and The Buffalo Bills.
Here’s Vontae Davis’s full statement: