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Brent Grimes, Dolphins agree on new deal

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On Sunday night, PFT reported that cornerback Brent Grimes would not get the franchise tag from the Dolphins but that Grimes was likely to remain with the team after signing a new contract.

That proved to be correct. The Dolphins have announced that they have agreed to a new deal with Grimes.

There’s no word on how long the new deal might run — the Dolphins announced it is a multi-year pact — so we can’t be sure how many years Grimes will be in Miami beyond 2014. Regardless of how long it runs in total, the deal will likely come in with a lower price tag than the $11.834 million that Grimes would have stood to make under the franchise tag. That allows the Dolphins more money to use toward keeping their own free agents, like defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Randy Starks, or looking outside the organization for much-needed help on the offensive line.

Grimes, who turns 31 in July, was the best cornerback in Miami after joining the team as a free agent last season. He had 60 tackles, four interceptions and a touchdown in 16 games, which was all the Dolphins needed to see to know that they couldn’t afford to let him walk.

UPDATE 10:46 a.m. ET: Grimes told Josina Anderson of ESPN that it is a four-year deal.

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32 Responses to “Brent Grimes, Dolphins agree on new deal”
  1. ajgreenhof says: Mar 3, 2014 10:23 AM

    Tough break.

  2. shotadog says: Mar 3, 2014 10:25 AM

    Good news! Much needed start now lets get working on the O Line!

  3. footballfan211 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:25 AM

    I told everyone the deal would get done today, congrats to Brent he deserves every penny of his money. Can’t wait for next year

  4. silverhornet says: Mar 3, 2014 10:28 AM

    4 years, $35m, $18 guaranteed… would be my guess. Well deserved. He’s a class act, good vet presence in the locker room too.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2014 10:31 AM

    It was the lure of all those int’s he’ll get during practice.

  6. igotgamenj says: Mar 3, 2014 10:32 AM

    What a great way for Dennis Hickey to start out!!!

  7. bsizemore68 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:32 AM

    An all pro player wants to stay in Miami, what happen to no one wants to go to Miami, I’m sure that they will come on this blog and say they were wrong. NOT! they will disappear and come back later when another player leaves for more money. Bill

  8. FinFan68 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:32 AM

    So far so good for Hickey. Now fix the damned o – line and see about Keller (if he looks to be able to play). I wouldn’t be surprised to see Starks and soliai walk. Starks’ flipping the bird at the sidelines did not sit well with me. If Ravens don’t close the deal with Monroe or rag him, he should be the primary target when free agency opens.

  9. flash1283 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:37 AM

    Brent Grimes agrees to play for a SECOND place team for the next few years.

  10. dolfan34 says: Mar 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    Good move. Now lets see if they can get something done with Soliai or Starks and add a LT and perhaps a guard in FA.

  11. uglydingo says: Mar 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    Good news for the Dolphins. This makes a pleasant change.

  12. nehxas says: Mar 3, 2014 10:46 AM

    @flash1283 they weren’t even second place in their division last year.

  13. slick50ks says: Mar 3, 2014 10:53 AM

    Four years?


    I thought Ireland left.

  14. ovaw8lova says: Mar 3, 2014 10:54 AM

    To me this was the most important free agent signing Miami had. Many did not know this but the majority of Miami’s salary went to the defensive side of the ball. I believe we will start to see a shift in salary cap focus. There is no way Miami signs Starks and Solai. They will have to resign Odrick next year so I doubt they will resign Starks or Solai. They gave a lot of money to their LB’s last year.

  15. scmems07 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:00 AM

    good start for hickey, listened to the fans and kept one of the best players on the team and a top 3 corner in the league.

    i hope they get a deal done with solia, drop patterson and i would love to see them make a run for jarius bryd.

  16. danrobgolf says: Mar 3, 2014 11:07 AM

    Jason Laconfora just had a flash. Brent Grimes is being shopped by the Dolphins!!

  17. scmems07 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:23 AM

    per pff, brent grimes has a +34.7 CB coverage grade, only sherman and revis have a higher grade than him.

  18. tegmiami says: Mar 3, 2014 11:31 AM

    Basically a 2 year del with low guarantee money after that. Nice job.
    Now ask Patersson to take a pay cut, sign Delmas.
    Then signing a LT , G, and a DT is a must in Fa.

  19. shakespeare22 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:35 AM

    I thought no one wanted to play in Miami?

  20. shakespeare22 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:36 AM

    Despite all their issues – this is a TEAM on the rise.

  21. silverhornet says: Mar 3, 2014 11:44 AM

    so it’s 4 years, $32m, $16m guaranteed… I think that’s a very fair deal for both sides.

  22. laxcoach37 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:45 AM


    and coming in FIRST place got you and your aging Patriots where? Been a decade since you Won anything (think Spygate). Your Team is irrelevant. The only reason you make the Playoffs is because the AFC East was weak for the past decade. You will continue to lose games to the Dolphins, Jets and Bills. Last year was just the beginning. A declining Brady guarantees that. We all know this. Prior to 2001, the Pats won only 4 AFCE Titles in over 30 years. LOL!!!

  23. Bruce G. Owens Jr says: Mar 3, 2014 11:53 AM

    Nice start by Dennis Hickey but the bar wasn’t set too high. If he got through the Combine without asking a rookie if his mother was a prostitute he was already doing better than Ireland.

  24. dolphincritic says: Mar 3, 2014 12:02 PM

    Great news!

  25. beachsidejames says: Mar 3, 2014 12:34 PM

    Grimes did NOT give up a T.D. all last year. Great player that did not get tagged.

  26. tarniman says: Mar 3, 2014 1:00 PM

    4 year contract….realistic speaking I think this guy only plays at a pro bowl level for another two to three yrs top. The Dolphins will probably be to restructuring his contract after two years. ..never the less this is a great signing…good job Hickey

  27. tarniman says: Mar 3, 2014 1:05 PM

    Remember the Dolphins drafted two corners. ..Grimes will be 31 in july that is old in the NFL…..this will have set Miami up good at corner for the next couple years….his replacement has already been drafted.. unless those young corners turn into busts

  28. shanydawg says: Mar 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    Let the over inflated hype begin. I think Grimes was the defensive MVP last season – but I’m getting increasingly sick of reading such things in March, getting all charged up about it, just to find out it had no real effect on the W/L record. The Fins have jaded me to the point where I’m in “I’ll believe it when I see it” mode and care little about the wind bags in the summer.

  29. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 3, 2014 2:05 PM

    Will bullygate effect free agency? I highly doubt it.

  30. phinatic29 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:51 PM

    slick50ks did you not know that NFL contracts are not guaranteed genius?

    It’s not a 4-year deal it’s a 3-year front loaded deal that the NFL calls a “4-year deal”. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?

    Players Grimes age almost never see the 4th year and they don’t really care because look ….. he gets a huge check up front.

  31. phinmaster says: Mar 3, 2014 3:53 PM

    Great deal by Miami. Both sides should be happy.

  32. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 3, 2014 4:16 PM

    Great sign in. Brent Grimes shut downs half of the field!

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