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Falcons announce Brent Grimes has signed his franchise tender

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Brent Grimes will play the 2012 season for a guaranteed salary of $10.3 million after signing the franchise tender.

The Falcons have announced that Grimes, a cornerback who has played his entire five-year NFL career in Atlanta, signed the tag today.

The timing is curious: When Grimes first got the franchise tag, his agent said he had no plans to sign it. His decision to sign the tag just hours after news broke that the Falcons were discussing a trade for cornerback Asante Samuel raises the question of whether Grimes was worried that the team could trade for Samuel and then yank the tag.

That would make Grimes an unrestricted free agent, but there’s no guarantee, now that the money has dried up in free agency, that Grimes would do any better as a free agent than he can do signing the franchise tag this year and testing free agency again next year. And so that’s what Grimes will do.

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16 Responses to “Falcons announce Brent Grimes has signed his franchise tender”
  1. rexismybff says: Apr 24, 2012 11:35 AM

    If your name is “Grimes” and someone offers you $10 million for one year, you take it and don’t ask questions.

  2. talkintrashallday says: Apr 24, 2012 11:38 AM

    Chicago Bears: “what did you do? how did you make him sign???”

  3. freebird2011 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:39 AM

    Now that’s what you call “not so subtle” pressure. Kudos to the Atlanta front office and for Grimes and/or his agent in being smart enough to see the potential handwriting on the wall.

  4. phillipian says: Apr 24, 2012 11:44 AM

    nothing like a little trade for a cornerback rumor to get Grimes’ attention – “What? I’m about to lose a guaranteed $10 million? where is my pen?”

  5. dvdman123 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:47 AM

    That’s a lot of money for an undersized CB……you did the smart thing Brent.

  6. realitypolice says: Apr 24, 2012 11:49 AM

    Good ole Grimesy.

  7. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 24, 2012 11:50 AM

    First time I heard this dude’s name in a game I thought the announcer said it was Frank Grimes.

    As in the character on the Simpsons that had horrible luck.

    Would’ve bought his jersey on that premise alone.

  8. greenbleeder says: Apr 24, 2012 11:54 AM

    Good ‘ol Grimey.

  9. santolonius says: Apr 24, 2012 12:01 PM

    with grimes on board my falcons wish list is:
    a) get asante samuel anyway.
    b) draft the best o lineman available in 2nd round.
    c) draft d linemen with every remaining pick.
    d) pick up running back and tight end from the undrafted college free agents.

    maybe they would win 11 games.

  10. phillipian says: Apr 24, 2012 12:05 PM

    Agent: Falcons about to to trade for Assante
    Grimes: What?!
    Agent: Falcons about to trade for Assante
    Grimes: WHAT!!!
    Agent: Do you have a pen?
    Grimes: Miko, where is my pen?
    Hangs up the phone, signed franchise tender arrives in Flowery Branch 5 minutes later.

  11. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 24, 2012 12:30 PM

    He isn’t worth the $10 mil. I’m sorry.

    If the Falcons were close on a trade with Samuel they’d of pulled the offer.

  12. randomcommenter says: Apr 24, 2012 12:40 PM

    Brent Grimes, or Grimey, as he likes to be called…

  13. beckzhere says: Apr 24, 2012 12:44 PM

    Awesome! We still need Asante though. Having three solid CB’s would help our meager pass rush.

  14. apm says: Apr 24, 2012 12:51 PM

    As Homer told Frank “Grimey” Grimes, don’t ask me how the economy works.

  15. CKL says: Apr 24, 2012 1:23 PM

    HAHAH well played Mr. Dimitroff. Here I thought you were nuts for wanting Asante, but it was a “TARP” for Grimes.

  16. chawk12thman says: Apr 24, 2012 3:26 PM

    Atlanta front office public reaction to his signing will be very positive. Not so much behind closed doors if they were close to the reported trade.

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