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.