A day after it was reported that the Miami Dolphins were not keen or likely to use the franchise tag on Brent Grimes, it appears they may not have to. The obvious number one in house free agent said yesterday that he and the Dolphins are talking and that he is confident that a new deal will get done.
This comes as good news for a franchise that needs quality leadership on and off the field. Last season Brent Grimes was far and away Miami’s best defender. Losing him would not only hurt the team but fans confidence as well. In his one year with Miami, Grimes has skyrocketed his popularity with fans. It’s also not such a bad thing that his play on the field earned him a Pro-Bowl spot. While Grimes will be inching his way towards the other side of thirty the Dolphins would do themselves well locking him for a few more years.
While Brent Grimes is wanting to stay in Miami, it appears that Jonathan Martin does not. According a report earlier today, Martin’s agent met with Miami staffers in Indianapolis. It was reported that Martin doesn’t really want to return to Miami. Joe Philbin has said that the Martin “camp” could have avoided this entire fiasco had they done a better job. Or something like that. Frankly I don’t find this amusing anymore. Aside from the wish to see Martin traded instead of released, I hope he doesn’t return to the team. He wasn’t that good when he was here.
In other FA news, Paul Soliai has moved out of his Miami home. No word on whether the property has gone up for sale yet. It could be a signal to Miami that he is serious about getting paid.