Nov 17, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) intercepts a pass during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Willing To Let Grimes Go?

There is still time to apply the franchise tag to Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes.  It’s likely however that the Dolphins will not.  Grimes would cost the team 11 million in cap space on the one year deal and as rumors fly, the team isn’t willing to do that.  The two sides are supposedly in negotiations about a longer deal but it appears the two sides are apart on the number of years.  The Dolphins it seems wants a two to three year deal max while Grimes is looking for a four plus deal.

It’s not out of the question for sides to bicker at this point about terms.  There is time to get a deal done and caving now really doesn’t serve either side at this point.  Grimes isn’t going to relent because he doesn’t have to.  Conversely the Dolphins are in a position that they do not have to cave in just yet either.  The real question is does Joe Philbin and Dennis Hickey see the same value as say Jeff Ireland would have?

Grimes is coming off a Pro-Bowl season that should have netted him the Comeback Player of the Year award.  It was a gamble that paid off.  Last off-season the Dolphins were offering a low end multi-year deal but Grimes opted for the one year deal coming off an Achilles injury thus banking on himself.  There is no question that Grimes was the leader on defense last season.  Both on the field and off.  He quickly became a fan favorite and a player many labeled as a “must re-sign”.

Grimes wants to remain in Miami but there are no home town discounts and the Dolphins know that ultimately Grimes is going to get a nice increase in salary.  The window to tag players will close in about two weeks and the Dolphins might want to get something done with Grimes before that window closes or they may have no other options but to let him taste FA.

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  • tpl

    I would hate to see Grimes leave, but, that being said, there are some good corners available in free agency. Sam Shields for one. But would another team sign grimes to a 4 year deal? Maybe not, and Miami would still have a shot.

  • Eric Brodt

    Alright… Let’s go over this again. The man went to the Pro Bowl. Coming off of an Achilles injury (and Miami fans know how that affects great players’ careers…), he became the lock down CB that the team needed. He became the leader on defense, If not the team, that the team needed. Sign him, sign him, SIGN HIM! Do not make the mistake of thinking he won’t move on just because you don’t want him to. Sign him. Make your fans happy for once in the last bunch of years. Trust me when I tell you that they will move on even if you don’t want them to.

  • Johnny

    This can be another idiotic move by the Phins!!!! Like I said during the season after game 9 or 10.. To offer him a 3 year extension!!!! They would have saved a lot of money!! Now, if he goes into Free Agency, his price will go up.. ALOT!!! Still have time … So do the right thing and PAY THE MAN!!!!! He’s the best CB we got.. He proved to be healthy… Our Rookie CBs were garbage, to say the least… Grimes is a guy who can take out the opponents best WR … Pay him now, before his price goes even higher!!!