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Grimes believes Dolphins are “building something great”

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After nearly three weeks as a free agent, cornerback Brent Grimes opted to leave the Falcons for the Dolphins.

Why the Dolphins?

“I picked Miami because I think they are building something great here and I would love to be a part of it,” Grimes said Saturday, via the team’s official website.  “They really showed a lot of interest in having me here.  That played a major role in me deciding to come to Miami.”

Before Grimes can do much of anything for the Dolphins, he needs to get healthy again after tearing an Achilles tendon during the first game of the 2012 regular season.

“I am doing great,” Grimes said.  “I am really encouraged by this rehab.  I look it as a challenge and I respond well to challenges and I am 100 percent confident that I will be straight in no time. . . .

“I don’t have any restrictions right now.  I am running and everything.  It’s just building up your strength and everything.  That’s part of the process, but I have plenty of time.  With the offseason workouts and getting everything in shape, I will be great.”

Grimes will replace Sean Smith, who signed a three-year contract earlier this month in Kansas City.  He’s the latest new arrival on a list that includes receiver Mike Wallace, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, linebacker Philip Wheeler, receiver Brandon Gibson, tight end Dustin Keller, guard Lance Louis, and defensive tackle Vaughn Martin.

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55 Responses to “Grimes believes Dolphins are “building something great””
  1. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    Ok fair enough. What else is he supposed to say?

  2. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 30, 2013 3:13 PM

    Grimes picked the Dolphins bc the Falcons wouldn’t pay him 5 mill. Dolphins building something great? Really? What does he think the Falcons have done……that’s funny!

  3. handsomehawk says: Mar 30, 2013 3:13 PM

    LOL..and idiots claim that the Seahawks are building a “Dream Team” circa Philadelphia 2.0

    Thanks for the weight off Seattle’s shoulders

  4. igotgamenj says: Mar 30, 2013 3:17 PM

    So much for Free Agents not wanting to play for the Miami Dolphins

  5. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 30, 2013 3:17 PM

    I hope the Dolphins give the Patriots some good competition this season.

  6. atsbuzz says: Mar 30, 2013 3:20 PM

    Don’t think they’ll be worse than last year, but they aren’t a playoff team. Plus Tom Brady’s still in New England, right?

  7. jackblackshairyback says: Mar 30, 2013 3:20 PM

    Yea, that’s why he signed a one year deal, because he wants to be a part of “building something”.

  8. coltzfan166 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:23 PM

    10-6 season for the Dolphins this year, including two wins over the Bills, at least one against the Jets, and I’m gonna go ahead and call an upset for one week over the Pats

  9. pnut87 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:24 PM

    So… How many dream teams are there this year?

  10. roddytorock84 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:25 PM

    Haha you left something great. You went to a team that’s trying to buy a team

  11. musicman495 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:27 PM

    Until they prove they have solved the Dionysian search for Dan Marino’s replacement, they are not building anything except resentment in their fan base.

  12. anarchopurplism says: Mar 30, 2013 3:32 PM

    You mean, building your nest-egg, right?

  13. rtant2013 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:36 PM

    I can’t hate on him for saying this, because what else is he suppose to say? I garuntee he was asked a question along the lines of “why did you go to the Dolphins?” Not like he’s going to say because the Falcons didn’t pay me, or just simply because Miami is a pretty awesome place to be a millionaire haha. But until Tom Brady retires the Dolphins won’t make the playoffs. Tannehill will be better this season with Wallace, but was Wallace even really considered to be the #1 reciever at the Steelers as of late? Not in my opinion. They’ll definitely be better then last year though.

  14. SeenThisB4 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:38 PM

    Grimes left the falcan’ts because their management don’t know how to manage their CAP. They know their defense needs help but they spurn their better players in favor of weaker, older players who play for less. TD really isn’t a CAP master. Watch what happens when MRyan’s contract expires…

  15. beachsidejames says: Mar 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    Ravens were 10-6 and won the Super Bowl…

  16. beachsidejames says: Mar 30, 2013 3:44 PM

    Patriots went undefeated and then lost the Super Bowl…

  17. annes22 says: Mar 30, 2013 3:46 PM

    They have found the replacement for Dan Marino in case you didn’t realize. If you are a fan with resentman go somewhere else we don’t need you.
    Unfortunately, there are too many transplants down here, who belong “up North”. The “true” Dolphin fans are fine with what has happened this off season.

  18. vaphinfan says: Mar 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    I like hearing players say these kind of things. As long as the free agents buy into the program and philbins way it should be a good season.

  19. mrlaloosh says: Mar 30, 2013 4:07 PM

    Building something special? They can’t even get that POS stadium up to division III standards. 5’9″cornerbacks coming off Achilles surgery aren’t in great demand.

  20. rseemore says: Mar 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    people keeeeep talking about how you can’t buy a team through free agency. But it’s really not buying a team at all, instead this coaching regime has replaced players from the sparano regime. Brent Grimes for Sean Smith, ellerbe for dansby, wheeler for burnett, keller for fasano and vaugn martin for tony mcdaniel. The only guy we signed that didn’t replace a guy was Mike Wallace, who was the best wideout available and went to the team that needed a receiver the most. So i’m confused, how in gods name can you look at these moves as a negative when this team has 11 draft picks and only 1 hole on the entire team at offensive tackle??

  21. rseemore says: Mar 30, 2013 4:16 PM

    So the dolphins haters can keep trollin and sayin that this team isn’t a threat, but you all know if Ryan Tannehill is the real deal (which I think he is) that this dolphins team is definitely a legitimate contender. If Joe flacco and the 21st ranked ravens defense can win a superbowl, then you can’t sit there and say a dolphins team in the next 3 years doesn’t have a chance. And if you do say that, then you’re clearly not an educated fan of the nfl.

  22. dirtybird70 says: Mar 30, 2013 4:18 PM

    We went for the money and nothing else. don’t fool yourselves Phins fans. He’d be going to Buffalo or Kansas City if they offer him 200k more. Atlanta had no plans to re-sign him

  23. patfaninbflo says: Mar 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    I’ve been a Patriots fan since about midway through Bledsoe’s first season, and I have to agree with many people that say the team has rarely been challenged within their division over the last 10+ years. Since the Colts were moved, at least. I’ve also lived in Buffalo for about 6 years, so I was hoping when a team finally offered a regular threat to my boys that it would be the Bills. But I’ll take the Fins. I guess anybody but the Jets, is what I’m saying.

  24. pantsfreezone says: Mar 30, 2013 4:36 PM

    I think, if you look at the whole thing rationally and without media driven narrative glasses, you can see that what the Dolphins are doing isn’t “buying a championship” or a building a “dream team”.

    Other than Wallace and Ellerbe, they haven’t gone for the splashy expensive pickups but instead they are making moves to bring in solid, mostly young but professional players that fit into Philbin/Sherman’s system and Coyle’s schemes.

    Good job, Jeff. Now hit on our first 5 picks in the draft and make Miami a two sport phenom.

  25. sclazo says: Mar 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    Great pick up Grimes >>> Smith.

  26. ososrule says: Mar 30, 2013 4:41 PM

    I wonder what color Legos they used…..

  27. micknangold says: Mar 30, 2013 4:59 PM

    Yeah. Real great. If by great he means most likely 7-9 yet again. At least Jets fans don’t have false hope this year.

  28. watchdawg1103 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:01 PM

    I actually like what the Dolphins have been doing. They aren’t terrible and just have been left behind by other powerhouse teams in their division. Another year or two and they will need to be taken a lot more seriously.

  29. freemanmvp says: Mar 30, 2013 5:03 PM

    Dream Team 2. Disaster waiting to happen.

  30. steelers4385 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:26 PM

    Lol. Just shut up man. Really..just shut up.

  31. kgun80 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:28 PM

    I think the fins are getting better. They have a decent young(and a good backup) QB a few good weapons, a decent D. I’m not sure about the playoffs but I can see them improving.

  32. dolphins4 says: Mar 30, 2013 5:32 PM

    I’m glad he is taking his talents to south beach.

  33. paardenoog says: Mar 30, 2013 5:35 PM

    I saw the same haters shouting and crying when the Heat put their team together.

  34. jrcoop says: Mar 30, 2013 5:38 PM

    It would appear a couple things are missing from this article Mike, such as…

    “They’re building something great here…”
    SO…
    “It’s far more likely that facts got blurred and/or bastardized in translation.”

    And of course, this being “yet another move to win the stadium vote.”

  35. jakezog3rd says: Mar 30, 2013 5:43 PM

    Grimes will now allow the Fins to draft Trevon Austin. It’s a win-win!

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 30, 2013 6:12 PM

    Fins will probably move up to 2nd in the division. Still likely to miss the playoffs though

  37. si1m says: Mar 30, 2013 6:32 PM

    Dolphins trying to buy their way into a #6th playoff seed where they can get promptly bounced Bengals style. still, that would be an improvement.

    the AFC is still run by the Patriots, Ravens and Steelers. The broncos are in that mix as long as Manning’s arm still functions I suppose. But until any of those 4 teams lose their QB, that’s who will be representing the AFC every year.

  38. spfripp says: Mar 30, 2013 6:43 PM

    Miami, for years has been a team with solid players and that was the problem. They had a bunch of over paid solid players and no elite players. What they did this offseason was they got rid of those over paid solid players and replaced them with fairly priced solid players who are younger, faster and have a lot more upside. We don’t know if Grimes and Wallace will return to elite status so I keeping my expectations in check right now but I do feel this team is better in every way than what they were last year.

  39. finfan813 says: Mar 30, 2013 6:53 PM

    If i recall i dont see any dolphin players or fans saying dream team, i think were happy just seeing us make moves, haters need not to comment.

  40. nzayir says: Mar 30, 2013 6:56 PM

    The Dolphins are just the latest team to try and win a championship in March. It didn’t work for the Redskins, Eagles, Jets, Bills etc. And it won’t work for Miami. In fact the champions of March often end up being worse then they were the year before. The salary cap will come for the Dolphins next year and then they’ll be back at square one,

    Last year everybody said the Bills were going to harass Brady with their free agent acquisitions and beat the Patriots. Go ahead and look it up yourself. The playoffs were a foregone conclusion for the Bills. But as we all know it didn’t work out that way, not even close.

    Teams like the Patriots, Ravens, Steelers, Giants, 49ers, Packers keep winning because they build through the draft and invest very little capital in free agency. Once September rolls around reality will set in and the Dolphins will be mediocre at best.

  41. nzayir says: Mar 30, 2013 7:01 PM

    “I saw the same haters shouting and crying when the Heat put their team together.”

    This is the NFL not the NBA. Name one team that’s ever spent big in free agency and then went on to have any semblance of success. You only need one guy in the NBA in the NFL you need 53. The Dolphins have no offensive tackles to speak of. Martin was awful last year and Jake Long is gone. Tannehill who threw more picks then touchdowns last year will be running for his life.

    Players don’t play as well when they leave one place and go to another. Wallace had Roethlisberger who improvised and was able to find him downfield. Will Wallace have the same chemistry with Tannehill? Adding big name players sounds nice but in the NFL it never works. The Dolphins will be in salary cap hell very soon.

  42. sfniners4life says: Mar 30, 2013 7:09 PM

    Dream team 2.0, I beat that fail as bad as Philly but they may have a chance tannehill appears to b a good future prospect

  43. bert1913 says: Mar 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    if the dolphins are building something great. what are the seahawks building?

  44. m1a1mg says: Mar 30, 2013 7:19 PM

    Wait for his “baby mama’ to get on local radio. She’s as much a reason for him no longer being in Atlanta as his Achilles.

  45. bgreen08 says: Mar 30, 2013 8:20 PM

    How are the Dolphins building a “dream team”? They have signed ONE big name free agent which was a HUGE need. They haven’t had a legit speed WR to stretch the field in years (don’t even mention Ted Ginn). They signed most of these guys to get younger, faster and save money. They aren’t trying to buy a championship. They have 11 draft picks in which they can fill the rest of the needs and build for the future.

    Some of you all need to do your homework before you come on here and hate/bash on team for inaccurate reasons!

  46. spfripp says: Mar 30, 2013 9:11 PM

    nzayir says:
    Mar 30, 2013 7:01 PM
    “I saw the same haters shouting and crying when the Heat put their team together.”

    This is the NFL not the NBA. Name one team that’s ever spent big in free agency and then went on to have any semblance of success. You only need one guy in the NBA in the NFL you need 53. The Dolphins have no offensive tackles to speak of. Martin was awful last year and Jake Long is gone. Tannehill who threw more picks then touchdowns last year will be running for his life.

    Players don’t play as well when they leave one place and go to another. Wallace had Roethlisberger who improvised and was able to find him downfield. Will Wallace have the same chemistry with Tannehill? Adding big name players sounds nice but in the NFL it never works. The Dolphins will be in salary cap hell very soon.

    _________________________________

    Before you post a comment you need to know what you are talking about. Fact is 6 of Tannehill’s INTs were from passes that were tipped at the line of scrimmage. That is something he needs to improve on but decision making is one of his strengths, the other strength he has and why I think Wallace and Tannehill will be a good combo is that like Rothlisberger, Tannehill is always looking down field even when scrambling (Just incase you did not know Tannehill can run). In fact people have compared Tannehill to Rothlisbetrger in that aspect.

    One more thing, while you are right that when a player has to fit the system of the team he is going to, there are a ton of examples of players who have gone on to other teams and have succeeded. You see the media loves to point out failures. If you would like me to list them just let me know.

  47. jkaflagg says: Mar 30, 2013 9:46 PM

    As a Falcon fan, want to thank Grimes for his contributions….he’s really a great story, rising from an small college and undrafted practice squad player to a Pro Bowler…..but he has also needed great athleticism to make up for his size, and it’s really iffy that he can get that back after an Achilles tear….the length of the deal certainly indicates that the Dolphins aren’t completely convinced either, but hope it works out for him.

  48. mdev1987 says: Mar 30, 2013 11:45 PM

    Fins had a good core and have added playmakers. Solid moves that aren’t desperate at all. All these contracts have outs after 3 yrs most

  49. markeyh says: Mar 30, 2013 11:48 PM

    The Packers paid big money to sign Reggie White and that started the Packers run so it has happened before. So time will tell.

  50. dolphincritic says: Mar 30, 2013 11:53 PM

    Brent Grimes is a good pick up if you have failed to sign your best DB and are desperate. Grimes is 30+ years old and is coming off of an ACL. He is under 6 foot and weighs about 185. The guy averaged about 2 picks per year in Atlanta.

    Sean Smith was over 6 foot over 200 lbs and had no major injury problems. Our secondary is in deep do-do. We didn’t have much of a pass rush last year so DB’s had to earn their keep. since we need a left tackle and DB’s, I guess that the draft will be about those two positions unless someone drops down that we really wanted.

  51. markeyh says: Mar 30, 2013 11:54 PM

    It is all about having the right folks in place and I like what I see in Miami the coaching and our GM seem to be the right mix.

  52. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 31, 2013 7:10 AM

    I don’t know if they’re building something great but it’s better than what the Bills are building

  53. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 31, 2013 12:10 PM

    Hope it all works out for us. But cant help thinking the worlds greatest ever owner, coach, QB, fans, stadium etc, etc are thinking the Dolphins with their new players, logo and uniforms might be a serious threat to our greatness.

  54. notwerk says: Apr 2, 2013 2:24 PM

    Not sure what all this free-agent hate is about. The ’94 49ers had a boatload of free agents, including Ricky Watters, Deion Sanders, Ken Norton, Richard Dent, Rickey Jackson and Gary Plummer. They won a Super Bowl with that team.

    As long as you make good decisions, it doesn’t really matter where that player comes from. There’s too much roster turnover in the modern NFL to build strictly through the draft. You have to upgrade positions of weakness with the best guys you can get.

    Almost all of the Dolphins signings are guys well under 30, most of them being players that are just starting to make a name for themselves (like Ellerbe and Wheeler). Keller and Grimes are injury concerns, but were signed to low-risk, one-year deals, so the team protected itself on its riskier signings.

    You can take your chances in the draft, or you can sign a young guy who’s already proven they can make the roster. That’s what the Dolphins have done.

    In doing so, they’ve patched a lot of holes in their roster, more than they’d be able to do with draft picks alone. That gives them flexibility in the draft. To be sure, they still have holes on this roster, but they’re in a better position to take the best guy on the board instead of having to reach to fill needs.

    Hard to see how any of these moves are mistakes. They’ve had an excellent off-season. I don’t see how anyone can argue that this isn’t a better team now than what they had at the end of last season.

    The front office did its job. Now it’s up to the coaches to take the roster and make it work.

  55. tarniman says: Apr 2, 2013 9:47 PM

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