The Miami Dolphins were in serious need of a starting CB all of last season when they had Sean Smith. Even though some say the departure of Smith was more addition by subtraction, the need was compounded when he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Well, they have made a significant step in the direction of addressing that need when they signed former Atlanta Falcons free agent cornerback Brent Grimes. Unconfirmed reports state the contract is for 1 year at $5.5m, with a signing bonus of $2.25m. $750,000 of his base salary is guaranteed. So with the signing bonus that’s $3m. in guaranteed money. $500K of his deal is linked to per game roster bonuses.
There is a bit of a risk in signing Grimes. He was available this late in the free agency signing period for a couple of good reasons. First being, he’s 30. Second reason is that Grimes missed the 2012 season by tearing his achilles tendon in the first game. It’s safe to assume that every contract signing follows a very thorough physical. I’m also willing to bet that his achilles got the bulk of the attention from team physicians.
Grimes was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted FA in 2006. Arguably, Grimes best seasons as a falcon were in 2010 and 2011 where he had 6 and 5 interceptions respectively.
Currently, the Dolphins need at the CB position still exist with Dimitri Patterson, Nolan Carrol and Richard Marshall being underwhelming at the position. Look for the Dolphins to take a serious look at the cornerback crop in this years NFL draft. Maybe not at the 12th pick, but it should be addressed.
Tony Graham is a Miami Dolphin writer for RantSports.com.
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