The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Miami cornerback Brent Grimes to a two-year deal worth $16.5 million per year, according to Rand Getlin. Grimes, who is the first defensive free agent signed to play for new head coach Dirk Koetter, played for new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith from 2008-12 when Smith was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Koetter also has familiarity with Grimes as he was the Falcons offensive coordinator in 2012.

Bucs CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Getty Images

Despite making the Pro Bowl three straight years in Miami, Grimes was released two days ago by the Dolphins due to his wife, Miko, being a distraction to the team, according to Bleacher Report. Miko Grimes was arrested outside of a Dolphins game last year in the parking lot for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Grimes also took to social media to rip Dolphins players, most notably quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as well as local beat writers that covered the team and Miami fans. Miko Grimes’ Twitter account and Instagram accounts were taken offline as of Friday, perhaps at the request of the Buccaneers.

Miko Grimes, 40, was a sports talk radio host on 560-WQAM in Miami with the Sun Sentinel writer Omar Kelly. She was fired after her arrest last October.

The 32-year old Grimes, a four-time Pro Bowler (2010, 2013-15), is currently one of the NFL’s most productive cornerbacks and brings immense talent to Tampa Bay, which desperately needs help in its secondary. In his 10-year NFL career, Grimes has recorded 420 tackles, 99 pass breakups, 26 interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Grimes had four interceptions last year in Miami, which was double the amount of all of the Bucs cornerbacks. Tampa Bay’s secondary only had six interceptions in 2015. Grimes had 13 interceptions playing for Smith in Atlanta, including a career-high six in 2009, followed by five INTs the next year.

Grimes’ tenure in Atlanta ended after he missed the 2012 season after tearing his Achilles tendon in the season opener that year. Grimes signed with Miami in 2013 and came back with a vengeance, recording four interceptions, including a 94-yard pick-six. He had five INTs in 2014, including another touchdown.

Bucs CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Getty Images

Despite being just 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Grimes is a gritty tackler that is willing participant in run defense. Aside from his Achilles injury in 2012, Grimes has been durable, missing just one game over the past three years with the Dolphins.

Given the size of his contract, Grimes will certainly start at one cornerback position. Johnthan Banks, who is entering a contract year, and Alterraun Verner were both demoted last year, but have been given a second chance to earn a roster spot and playing time by Smith and Koetter. The Bucs roster also lists Jude Adeji-Barimah and newcomers Joel Ross and C.J. Roberts at the cornerback position.

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  1. The one thing I love about all our FA signings this year is none of their salaries are guaranteed after 2 years. If they don’t work out then we can cut them after next year with no penalty.

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    • I wanted the bucs to sign him years ago, he’s a great talent !! However, I hate coaches that reach for players they are familiar with that are long in the tooth. Scout for talent , find the talent and sign the talent, at this stage in his career grimes doesn’t fit that mold and on top of that after making 50 million in a career he can’t even control his disruptive self centered wife!!! Thank goodness ( for grimes) that due to our former Atlanta tree , he has found an overpaid landing spot.I am sure he wasn’t even a thought on at least 25 teams lists. He will miss or be very limited due to injury in at least 4 games and his wife will cause problems.Sorry ,,,, this signing is a very regrettable cancer before it is over .

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      • Have to disagree. Grimes has averaged 4 pics a season since his rookie season and is very physical. In terms of contract, he is the 18th highest paid DB in the NFL, which is a two year deal. As for injuries, he’s only missed one game in the last three years.

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      • Yeah, I suspect Grimes’s age, declining play (Pro Bowls always lag actual performance) and big, fat contract in a tight salary cap had more to do with his release than his wife. This is not a bargain signing. Still, probably better than what we’ve had. A stopgap while we develop new rookies.

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  2. VH3 is too small to play corner in the NFL, just ask 5-10 4x Pro Bowler Grimes.

    Good signing. Get BPA @9 and we’ll be improved in 16.

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    • If it’s 5’10 guys you want, just trade for Kyle Wilson of New Orleans. He’s faster than VH3 was in the 40. He was drafted 6 years ago in the first round and over his 6 year career, he has 4 interceptions. Also, he was a part of the worst pass defense in recent history last year.

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    • It’s not just height. It’s physicality. And you say Hargreaves is anywhere near as physical as this guy is, you’re crazy. Not to mention this guy is a proven veteran.

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      • cgmaster…..huh? A huge positive for VH3 is that he’s both willing and capable in playing the run. He’s a great form tackler and really sticks his nose in there. Where are you getting this?

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        • From my eyes. I have watched Hargreaves multiple times this past year get blown off of the line by physical receivers.I’m not talking run support, I’m talking Hargreaves and his very short arms getting blown off by bigger receivers. He got smoked his last two games, all by bigger receivers. Being a NOles fan I also got to see KB embarrass him for 220 yards and 3TD’s. These are all facts and I only speak on what I see

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  3. i just hope they told him that they will can him if his wife becomes a distraction

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  4. Love how scrappy Grimes plays. Really wanted Tampa to sign him the first time he was a free agent. Hopefully he still has plenty left in the tank.

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    • Agreed.

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  5. Great sign, I guess all the people who think Hargreaves is to small to play corner will hate the signing of grimes, hilarious

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    • Its not vh3’s size, its that he plays small.

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      • And gets beat A LOT.

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  6. I think Grimes is a poor mans barber, smallish corner plays physical and finds ball in the air, very scrappy corner something our secondary truly missed since Barber left

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    • I thought the same thing JonnyG. Perhaps with all of the multiple receiver sets he plays the nickle position Ronde played so well.

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  7. “two-year deal worth $16.5 million per year”

    Wow! That’s a BIG contract (lol)

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    • Colorado,
      I think the number is 13.5mil with performance, pro bowl, etc. incentives to make 16.5mil.

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    • Its not 16.5 mil per year. Its 16.5 mil over 2 years. PR had a typing error.

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      • No kidding. That’s what the (lol) was for.

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  8. That’s BIG money. Darrell Revis big. Wow. For a 32 year old?

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  9. OK, 2 yr 16 million not PER year. Phew.

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  10. Wow… Nice signing! I see that Meathead is setting the Bucs up for a best-player-available draft.

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    • Sure does look that way. Hallelujah!

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  11. I have loved Grimes for many years. GREAT PICKUP!!! Get a couple good DEs in the draft and this is a playoff team this year!!!

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  12. Does this signing and depth behind him all but rule out the Bucs having to take a corner in round 1? I hope so. I still don’t think VH3 worth a top ten pick.

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  13. Who says that Tampa has not done good in the veterans FA market. Here is what I see. Tampa bay is building this team under what the bucs want to do.No#1-Tampa resign Martin. Look out defenses. They sign and OG who plays at a heigh level and is Young and now. #3 They sign a CB who wants to be here. Iam wondering what Tampa is going to do on the DE side of the board before the FA’s is over.Tampa has done very well in 2016. So Far.

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  14. People need to quit worrying about Miko being a distraction. If having someone around the team that’s got a bit of a crazy streak, but passionate as hell we could use it. If she upsets the sensitive ears of so many, perhaps you should watch Professional Knitting. Her language? Gets he point across huh? It’d be different if she as simply some drunken boob, but she’s not.
    Not to mention Brent immediately makes our secondary much better.
    So….LET’S GET LOUD!! Let’s bring some passion and support to this team on Game Day!!

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  15. Milo shouldn’t have said what she said, but she was correct in what she said.

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  16. Another great move by Licht. I agree with others here I wish we could grabbed him when hit free agency first time.

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  17. I can understand why GM’s didn’t want anything to do with this guy because of his poisonous venomous wife.
    No only that, but she appears to need a stint at a drug rehab center as well.
    Guess here is one of the conditions of Grimes’ contract is his wife stay off Twitter and put a lock on her mouth about the Bucs.
    Because of her big mouth and drunken behavior, he might have been out of the NFL.
    NFL.com reports the deal is for 16 million over two years so this definitely looks like a band aid for the Bucs secondary until Licht can find a suitable long term solution.

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    • What, nothing about the “cheapskates” writing yet another big check?

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  18. Upgrade….finally….

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  19. Well if one of these guys works out next year, that is a huge improvement over the first few years of Lichts’ term. Can’t say I am terribly optimistic about signing a 33 year old corner though…

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  20. Let me try once again to set the record straight on the contract for Brent Grimes. True, early reports were that Grimes contract was for 2 years 16.5 million dollars. It has since been clarified that the offer is for 2 years 13.5mil with 3mil in incentives that must be earned, not guaranteed.

    When PR first got the correction, this is what they tweeted earlier today:
    PewterReport.com
    ‏@PewterReport
    Looks like Brent Grimes’ deal is really $13.5 million with incentives that could push it to $16.5 million max, per @ArmandoSalguero. #Bucs

    Below is the official contract as listed at Spotrac.com

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/tampa-bay-buccaneers/brent-grimes/

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  21. 2 years is great, when he balls out we got him locked for another with the option to re-sign. If for some reason it doesnt quite work out, we’re off the hook from a huge pay day. Nice work.

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  22. This will turn out to be a headache. Just as it did in Miami. Lets draft a solid corner so we can get past this in a year.

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  23. Have the Bucs ever signed a FA that special language had to be written into the contract warning of consequences if Wife shoots off at the mouth on Mass Media?! How stupid! Why we she take a chance with interfering with husband’s job that puts food on the table for the family? Just stupid and ignorant! I mean that had to threaten to Tase??? Her to shut her up! Buc fans will embarrass her if she threatens the chemistry of the players! I’m just saying…

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  24. Solid pickup and an immediate upgrade to our secondary! His age may be an issue in a few years but he doesn’t seem to be slowing down yet so I’m all for it.

    Still on the fence about Hargraves at #9 but that base seems to be covered for now

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