Minnesota Vikings Possible 2012 NFL Free Agent Pickups: CB Brent Grimes
It’s obvious the Minnesota secondary is in need of some serious upgrading. Brent Grimes is a player who can immediately do just that. Grimes just finished his 5th season as an Atlanta Falcon, and will be testing the free agent waters in 2012. For his career Grimes has totaled 216 tackles, 56 pass deflections, and 13 interceptions. His best season came last year with 76 tackles, 23 pass deflections, and 5 interceptions, on his way to the Pro Bowl.
Grimes recently had minor knee surgery and did not play in the Falcons playoff loss to the Giants. Overall his 2011 season was not great, only totaling 49 tackles and 1 interception. One would have to assume that he was not at 100% all season, given the fact he had surgery. Still, Grimes is only 28 and has plenty of football left in him.
So what kind of price tag does a guy like this have? Last year Grimes made $2,610,000 on a one year deal in Atlanta. You would think that he would have been signed to longer deal if he was going to stay in Atlanta. Grimes will certainly not have a whole lot of leverage coming off the surgery and an average season, so he will be in the Vikings financial range.
The Vikings have a few young CB’s already on the roster: Asher Allen, Marcus Sherels, Brandon Burton. Certainly you can’t say anything for sure about any of these players yet, but from what I’ve seen so far, I don’t think these are Pro Bowl caliber guys. If you have a chance to bring in a guy like Brent Grimes who can make an immediate impact, you have to at least consider that option. He has shown he is Pro Bowl level talent, something the Vikings ‘D’ could surely use.
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