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Grimes deal suggests market for cornerbacks is rebounding

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With the Dolphins keeping cornerback Brent Grimes via a deal worth, per multiple reports, $32 million over four years, it could be that the market for veteran cornerbacks has begun to rebound.

The $8 million annual average trumps all free-agent cornerback deals from last year, by far.  Former Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith led the way with a three-year, $8 million deal.  Grimes settled for a one-year, $5.4 million contract, a season after playing under the franchise tag in Atlanta.

That’s good new for other members of the free-agent class, which includes (among others) Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner, Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, Packers cornerback Sam Shields, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, Colts cornerback Vontae Davis, Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromarte, 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown, and Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlynn.

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall previously signed a four-year, $17 million contract to remain with the team, a year after signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract to extend his stay in D.C.

So the numbers seem to be going up — especially with the Seahawks demonstrating the link between strong secondary play and a Super Bowl championship.

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25 Responses to “Grimes deal suggests market for cornerbacks is rebounding”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 3, 2014 2:17 PM

    Brent Grimes should have signed with the Vikings.

    Not the Bully-Gate morons

  2. shartlos says: Mar 3, 2014 2:23 PM

    Bully-gate lol no we are not about to call it that.

  3. wannstache says: Mar 3, 2014 2:26 PM

    Or it could suggest that the Dolphins didn’t learn their lesson and are overspending again this year.

  4. squinn21 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:35 PM

    Should have signed with the Vikings huh? I’m sure people are lining up to freeze their tails off while is 75 and sunny in Miami.

  5. finsupnick says: Mar 3, 2014 2:36 PM

    Or the reason could be that Grimes is one of the best cornerbacks in the league. PFF had him 3 last season.

  6. raiderapologist says: Mar 3, 2014 2:37 PM

    Oakland will probably end up with Munnerlynn.

  7. miamisam1966 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:44 PM

    No one wants to go to Minnesota and play outside in sub zero weather with a bad team and no QB. Wallace turned down more money last year from Minnesota to play in paradise instead of Antarctica.

  8. miamisam1966 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:45 PM

    An player afraid of Bully-gate is not tough enough to play in Miami anyway, who would want them???

  9. dolphins512 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:51 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Mar 3, 2014 2:17 PM

    Brent Grimes should have signed with the Vikings.

    Not the Bully-Gate morons

    It hurts…..doesn’t it……

  10. abqpacker says: Mar 3, 2014 2:51 PM

    Darrell Revis gets exactly twice that amount.

  11. patfanken says: Mar 3, 2014 2:51 PM

    I don’t understand how you call a deal for what many believe is the top FA CB this off season, which averages $8MM/yr; when the franchise # is over $11MM a big deal. It sounds to me more like a discount. Especially when we all know once the “real numbers” come out over the next few days, they will be even lower.

    The good news for Pats fans, is if the deal for Grimes is supposedly $8MM at first glance, then the money for Talib is going to be closer to $6MM/yr. That’s a number I think the Pats can live with.

  12. laxcoach37 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:55 PM


    Funny how we keep “overspending” and yet we get better every year and have near top of the NFL in Cap Money. It is funny how they report how much we spend, but not what was dumped to rotate marginal overpriced Vets. Every Team “spends” the same. It is basic math knucklehead.

  13. itsunclepauley says: Mar 3, 2014 2:56 PM

    except for that one corner (what’s his name?) who managed to negotiate himself a $16 million a year contract.

    I know it’s apples and oranges — he was never a free agent, and he sacrificed all guaranteed money to get that average. But when you compare it to the numbers above, his deal seems way out of whack. The moment a GM agrees, though, his gravy train is over and it’s time to come back to earth.

  14. finsupnick says: Mar 3, 2014 2:57 PM

    right on lax coach

  15. whatjusthapped says: Mar 3, 2014 3:00 PM

    Why would the Vikings even want Grimes?, they already have Chris Cook. Outside of sitting in jail on a Sunday, giving up more than one game winning TD over his head and the fact that he couldn’t cover my grandmother in a wheelchair, he’s a perfectly capable CB.

  16. wannstache says: Mar 3, 2014 3:12 PM


    Yeah, we got SOOO much better last year. It was especially evident during those last two games of the season. I’ll bet Seattle is glad we’re not on their schedule this year! Sorry kid, but all that cap money means nothing when you have morons running our team.

  17. craniator says: Mar 3, 2014 3:14 PM

    Ouch . . . Vikes fans just got SMOKED by whatjusthapped !

  18. shaggytoodle says: Mar 3, 2014 3:32 PM

    I would be ok with Shields signing a deal similar to that. It seems reasonable for a solid #2 CB and I believe Shields is a solid #2 CB

  19. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 3, 2014 4:27 PM

    Grime is better off with the Dolphins than the superbowl losing gate vikings!

  20. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 3, 2014 7:45 PM

    Super bowl losing gate. Love it!

  21. cornersss says: Mar 3, 2014 8:39 PM

    “Not the Bully-Gate morons”

    I love AP but that guy has a worse filter on his mouth then cogs did.

  22. cornersss says: Mar 3, 2014 8:40 PM

    “Or it could suggest that the Dolphins didn’t learn their lesson and are overspending again this year.”

    They were $40 million under the cap, how are they considered over spenders?

  23. futilephish says: Mar 3, 2014 8:45 PM

    Shewwwwww as a dolphin fan I’m glad try got this done
    Now on to the big ins…..

  24. dolfan72 says: Mar 4, 2014 8:04 AM

    What difference does it make! This team is a COMMITMENT TO MEDIOCRITY as long as Stephen LOSS continues to own it and refuses to FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

  25. axespray says: Mar 4, 2014 7:11 PM

    And the skins gave that kind of cash to D-Hall?
    Hell no!

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