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.
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.
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.