When the Buccaneers signed cornerback Brent Grimes in free agency earlier this month, many thought it might come with some potential controversy.
Grimes wife Miko, a powder keg during the three years the couple spent in Miami where she took to social media at times to criticize the Dolphins organization and even some players specifically, made some teams wary of signing Grimes, according to reports.
But one of those teams that didn’t have an issue with the outspoken player’s wife was obviously the Bucs, who inked Grimes to a two-year $16.5 million deal earlier this month. On Monday, while addressing the local Bucs beat writers in attendance at the annual NFL Owners Meeting in Boca Raton, general manager Jason Licht said he doesn’t expect there to be any distractions.
“I think the bigger distraction is losing and not playing good defense,” Licht said. “We met Miko Brent and his family and enjoyed every minute of it. I don’t see any problem. We didn’t have any discussion about it to be honest with you. Mike (Smith) and Dirk (Koetter) and coach (Mark) Duffner all have history (with Grimes). I am very excited about all of them being in Tampa.”
Grimes will start at cornerback, and Tampa Bay has Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner who are expected to compete on the opposite side for the right to be the team’s other starter. Tampa Bay may also draft a corner who would be in the mix for a starting role, but for now Licht thinks both veteran players will benefit from a new scheme and coaching staff.
You get a new head coach, a new coordinator, a new scheme, they should feel like it’s a fresh start for them,” Licht said. “I think any player with any team should feel that way with a coaching change.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
I would prefer this not even be an a
Article. Lets stay focus on the players not what family members have to say especially if it is negative towards any team.
Of course it needs to be mentioned, you just cant bury your head in the sand..
If you don’t follow her on twitter, you won’t know what she is talking about.
Not true Ham! The woman has her own talk show in Miami! She can/has been in the past a rabble rouser if u catch my drift. She is very strong opinionated and not afraid to voice those opinions. Her remarks have caused issues between teammates in the past. These are the facts! I’m just saying…
Maybe Scott Reynolds can give her a forum on which to give her views and then we can all comment on it. Bring back the Live Chat featuring Miko Grimes. Call it “High Grimes and Miss Demeanor”. I would enjoy her response when someone asks one of those oft repeated questions such as “Who are the Bucs going to draft in the 6th round?”
LMFAO. Very clever. I really hope she runs her mouth off. I get too little to laugh about nowadays.
I have no idea what the laws actually are regarding free speech and employment. I’m a military guy and all I can say is that those of us in the military are under a different set of rules regarding free speech. I’m am not allowed to say certain things out loud or in social network sites. It could get me fired or actually charged. Spouses to military members are not technically in the military. But their comments can and have affected the careers of their service member spouses. I’m wondering about the policies of the NFL with regards to comments made by either the player or their spouse. Of course Mrs. Grimes has the right to say whatever she chooses. But I would be surprised if the Bucs didn’t already have a policy in place of holding players accountable for not only their own language and behavior but for their spouse’s as well. Ma’am, you can have all of the free speech you desire. But don’t be surprised if your husband no longer work for this team because of you choosing to enjoy your rights in a negative manner.
Again, I wouldn’t even make this a topic to discus. just ignore her opinion as to reporting her opinion; there’s no law that says you have to report it or encourage her rants.
I wouldn’t have brought this into the locker room. Bad decision on GM.
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