The anxiety is killing me and most Cleveland Browns fans. The orange-and-brown have wisely spent money in free agency, but one name every fan in Cleveland is waiting to hear has not been announced quite yet. His name is Brent Grimes.
The Browns have signed two cornerbacks to fill depth chart space in Chris Owens and Kevin Barnes. Both of them are rent-a-players that inked one year deals. It is very possible that one, if not both could not make the team come the end of August. An NFL contract is not guaranteed. Barnes was cut by the Detroit Lions last season and didn’t play.
While many including myself believe that Cleveland will head in the direction of cornerback in the upcoming draft, Grimes would still be welcomed in Cleveland. Reports have floated around like the confetti after a Cleveland Cavaliers win that Grimes has a pending multi-year deal with the Elves. The Browns pampered him a couple weeks ago and even sent a private jet for the whole Grimes family.
I want this to happen. Grimes is coming off a severe injury, but all signs say he is raring to go. Don’t let the two minor free agent defensive back signings fool you, Cleveland wants Grimes on the shores of Lake Erie. If the Browns had Dee Milliner, Joe Haden, and Grimes, how great would you feel about the defense? A return to the glory days would be destined. Don’t think that Milliner is out of the Browns’ minds if Grimes is signed.
The 29 year old and Pennsylvania native is one of these scrappy “defying the odds” type of players. Grimes was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He spent time in the long gone NFL Europe league and made a name for himself there.
A Pro Bowler in 2010, Grimes is being suited by two final teams; the Miami Dolphins and the Browns. Despite his age, if his injured Achilles is healed, there is still plenty of gas left in the tank. Grimes has 13 career interceptions and 254 tackles.
The suspense is too much, Mr. Grimes; come join the Dawg Pound.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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