Brent Grimes says he wasn’t being paid to cover top receivers

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Of the looming changes in Tampa, cornerback Brent Grimes undoubtedly will be one of them.

The 35-year-old defender opened up while appearing on his wife’s podcast, explaining what went wrong for him with the Bucs this year.

“We get to the Steelers and then they start asking me to follow people,” Grimes said via JoeBucsFan.com, regarding the Week Three Monday night game. And he regarded that as a slap in the face, because he believes that cornerbacks who follow the No. 1 receiver “earn $13 to $15 million.” (Grimes made $7 million for 2018.)

Grimes blames his performance for the full year on that one moment.

“That just f–ked up my whole vibe for the whole year to be completely honest,” Grimes said.

Ordinarily, honesty is preferred. But in this case, Grimes would have been better off keeping his candor to himself, if he hopes to extend his career by another season. Once a guy becomes part of a team, he should do what he’s asked to do by his coaches, and he should welcome any unexpected chances to compete as an opportunity, not a hassle.

43 responses to “Brent Grimes says he wasn’t being paid to cover top receivers

  1. You do what you’re asked to do, you’re being paid millions as it is. I hate his attitude, especially coming from a guy that only really had 2-3 decent seasons and rode that to several more big paydays.

    I’m guessing he’s out of the league after 2018. No one will miss him or his wife.

  2. If he followed # 1’s all season and regularly shut them down, teams would be lining up to pay him $15 million. Now, not so much.

  3. When you are an employee, you do the work your employer gives you…Mr. I am only getting paid 7mil to play a game.

  4. Now that is what is called the antithesis of a team player…knowing that, who would want a player like this? Based on his attitude he was grossly overpaid…simple minded loser.

  5. Well I guess he prolly won’t have to worry about making $7 million next year… Good luck finding a job for $80k on the outside. What a foolish posting he made. Why not hold up a sign which says FIRE ME?

  6. That response was totally ridiculous! All season long he was afraid of getting beat by playing a minimum of 10 yards off receivers and didn’t matter if they were #1, #2 or the #3 receiver and still was beat on numerous plays!

  7. “dukebroadway says:
    January 4, 2019 at 11:43 am
    When you are an employee, you do the work your employer gives you”

    And that’s the problem, and then people wonder why the wages are stagnant and the unions aren’t coming back.

  8. Unfortunately this clown is laughing all the way to the bank. What an asinine comment to make, but seems like this is the new normal for today’s pampered, spoiled, and entitled athletes.

  9. absolutevisuals says:
    January 4, 2019 at 11:57 am
    “dukebroadway says:
    January 4, 2019 at 11:43 am
    When you are an employee, you do the work your employer gives you”

    And that’s the problem, and then people wonder why the wages are stagnant and the unions aren’t coming back.
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    Easy…you may have a point, but we’re talking about an NFL player getting paid nearly half a million dollars per game asked to cover a specific WR instead of a WR who lines up on the side he may want to play. Then blaming the entire season of poor play on the one task given to him.

    You’re not going to find many sympathizers…

  10. So you felt slapped in the face, making $7 million and asked to cover the best guy?….Isn’t that a compliment? Did he want a #1 receiver coverage shift premium or something? C’mon Brent, you’re sounding like Miko now…

  11. You have to out of touch with reality to agree with this buffoon who just committed career suicide.

  12. As one of countless good examples in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys “paid” Tyrone Crawford to be their full-time, dedicated 3-Tech DT. However, due to team needs, he has routinely moved around since then, oftentimes multiple times within a season, or even playing multiple roles in any given game. And he’s put his head down and done the best he can each time. Those are the kinds of leaders teams like to have – you don’t need to be vocal to be a leader.

  13. Pat Mahomes isn’t being paid MVP money. Nick Foles isn’t being paid Super Bowl winning QB money. When a team pays you, they’re paying you to do what they ask.

    That’s like an OG telling the coaching staff, “I know you want to kick me out to tackle, but you aren’t paying me tackle money, so go on and leave Bobby Hart out there to get beat like a drum.”

  14. The NFL needs to decide that it’s time for this guy to retire. Not only is his wife toxic to the team it seems he is now too.

  15. Carnell Lake was asked to move to corner, from safety, the year Rod Woodson tore his ACL. Went to the Pro Pro Bowl. Played on a 4 yr, $9.2 million contract. Didn’t demand “corner” money.

  16. Gotta be one if the dumbest comments I ever heard. Hey Brent, you have stolen millions, and your lovely wife has cost you more I’m sure. When you signature contract for a NFL team to play CB. You do just that. Until your contract says you only cover the second and third WRs. Do what your coach says. I’m sure it won’t matter, after that comment and you age and performance your done in the NFL.

  17. not gonna lie i like what he said lol
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    I’ll be happy when this guy and his wife are out of the NFL. Not gonna lie.

  18. dirtdawg53 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    Carnell Lake was asked to move to corner, from safety, the year Rod Woodson tore his ACL. Went to the Pro Pro Bowl. Played on a 4 yr, $9.2 million contract. Didn’t demand “corner” money.

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    Lake was also one of the best running backs in L.A. County before going to UCLA..

  19. Does anyone even listen to his wife’s podcast? I’m thinking there are many better things to do….like watch the grass grow or watching a sloth.

    Something tells me Grimes has essentially ended his NFL career with these statements. He was probably going to get cut anyway. After reading this, I seriously doubt if anyone wants this narcissist. Smart move.

  20. The truth of the matter is, Grimes is being paid to cover any receiver, from the best to the worst, in the league. Frankly, I didn’t like the signing 3 years ago. You can blame Mike Smith for his coming to TB. His attitude has and still sucks. I won’t even comments of his mouthy wife. His production? Mostly OK in his year. At least he showed up. Not so much since. I doubt he’s been much of a factor since early in the season. There are a lot of young Bucs DB’s who have playing better as the season moved along. They bring their lunch pail to work evry day, work hard on becoming better, and do so without whining!

  21. Classy way to exit. Thanks for passing your great attitude to our young DBs. Really showed on the field but I wouldn’t have guessed it was because of you. Probably helped get your coach fired as well. Now I understand the deer in the head lights look from Dirk.

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