Brent Grimes arrives for work

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Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes was one of the most pleasant surprises in football last year, putting up a Pro Bowl-caliber season seemingly out of nowhere.

There was some thought the restricted free agent could skip training camp for a little while in hopes of a new contract, but he arrived Thursday and signed his $2.61 million deal to coincide with the ratification of the new CBA.  D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Grimes will participate in the evening practice.

Grimes led the NFC with 23 passes defensed to go with five picks.  He’s due a major deal next offseason if he can back up his big year.