We all knew something was amiss with Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes this season. How deep the issues ran is even more disturbing after hearing the stories when Grimes joined his wife Miko’s IHeartMiko podcast earlier this week, revealing what went on behind the scenes.

And while it isn’t a great look for the Bucs that they even re-signed the 35-year old veteran, Grimes himself looks like the ultimate selfish, multi-millionaire, money-grabbing player that fans typically despise and that often gives professional sports a bad name.

“I mean it’s an opinion, I don’t feel like I had a bad year,” Grimes said. “I had multiple games where I didn’t have a target. I allowed two touchdowns.

Bucs CB Brent Grimes and DT Gerald McCoy
Bucs CB Brent Grimes and DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch

“Fans really don’t know. That’s why the owners in football have a great advantage, because they can paint whatever picture they want to paint because people don’t really know what’s going on. I play football and watching TV copies you can’t really tell what the f*** is going on. You don’t know. It’s whatever, people are going to say what they’re going to say.”

Grimes missed the first two games of the season with an injury, and suited up to start in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

“Going into this season I wasn’t sure if I was going to play,” Grimes said. “They called, they were running some weird numbers with the money or whatever. I get there, we come to an agreement of a base salary of $7 million, which is nice money to play left corner or whatever, okay. I’ve been playing left corner, everything is cool. Y’all want to pay me $7 million when other corners are making way more than that and not playing as well as me, cool.

“But we get to the Steelers [game in Week 3] and then they start asking me to follow people and I was just tired of every year of my career I don’t get any type of respect for what I do. And then y’all hit me with the seven [million dollars] and then we get to a game with Antonio Brown and now it’s follow receivers and I couldn’t agree with that. Because it’s just disrespectful because people that follow receivers all the time, unless they’re on a rookie contract or trying to get paid, are usually making $13–15 million dollars per year.

“That’s not right. It’s disrespectful and that just f***** up my whole vibe for the whole year to be completely honest. Because it’s just disrespectful, I just felt disrespected.”

Bucs CB Brent Grimes
Bucs CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Wait. What?

Grimes signed a contract to play football as a cornerback. Now he thinks he has the right to dictate exactly how he’s getting used in a game? He’s not a coach. He’s a player.

Grimes went on to talk about disagreeing with the coaching philosophy, and issues with secondary coach John Hoke.

“I always play runs that bounce to the outside, as a corner, I come out and I just make them cut inside,” Grimes said. “That’s what I usually do. I do that, they cut to the inside and someone else tackles them and I get my assist. So what I’d do is what they tell us to do, run straight to the edge and set a hard edge. I would say that any good running back is going to bounce outside. I used to play running back and if I see someone coming to the edge really hard, running outside in, all you have to do is jump-cut around them. I don’t care how fast that person is, they’re running a loop, you’re just going to run around them.

“That’s why I don’t do that. So I did that, because that’s what they tell us to do and if you remember I argued that for the two, three years that I’ve been there. And I showed them one time, I think it was last year against the Falcons, I did it to show them because they were giving me minuses all the time. I ran in, the dude bounced out and they scored because you can’t do that. So I did it that game. The dude bounced out and he gets whatever yards and it’s a big deal. I got pulled out of that game for that play, and the crazy thing is, when they put the other guy in, because that’s what they coach, the same thing happened again. So I was done. That whole year I was like …”

Grimes’ time in Tampa was most likely done before this podcast, but now his time in Tampa Bay is completely over. In fact, if Grimes had an inkling of perhaps playing somewhere else in 2019, he most likely ruined that chance with his appearance. It didn’t seem to matter to Grimes.

“I don’t care,” Grimes said. “People are going to say what they want. I don’t really worry about what people say. I know, as me, no one really, my whole career, yeah I got people that like me but a lot of people don’t. For whatever reason they want to think I shouldn’t be playing. I’m too small. Who is this dude? And then you talk s*** so then they want to talk s*** about me and I’m just like, okay, I’m just going to keep playing.”

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul

After the season, Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who took on a bit of a leadership role in 2018 despite not being a team captain, showed frustration with some players on the team who “didn’t keep it real.” While Grimes wasn’t named directly, it is not hard to imagine Grimes was one of those that Pierre-Paul was talking about.

Below are some other excerpts from the podcast from the Grimes.

His opinion on former defensive coordinator Mike Smith’s play calling these last three years:
“He had some stuff that I didn’t agree with, as far as, he didn’t feel like you could play any type of zone in the NFL,” Grimes said. “He thought everybody matched everything and I feel like you can play zones, I really do. I think you can play zones in the NFL which is shown by teams like the Seahawks. The Cowboys play zone. They play man too, but they play zones and they play them well.

“The way you play zones well is you’ve got to coach up players. You’ve got to teach route concepts. You’ve got to have smart players playing that can recognize things other than just, who ran this 40-time or who did this? When I think about it, it sucks for football because it’s like your players, you should have them learning stuff. Like this is the defense we’re going to have to play, these are the routes that they’re going to run to beat said defense, this is how you make plays in this said defense. And coaches seem to just teach, this is where you’re supposed to go, this is where you’re supposed to go, and it kills me to see that.

“It’s dumb. It’s like treating everyone else like they’re dumb and I guess they’ve been coaching for so long that they think they players are dumb. But I feel like if you’ve got dumb players then you need to get smarter players. I feel like this is not just a Bucs thing, I think it’s an NFL thing. If you feel like you can only play man defense then you’ve got dumb players and dumb players is not how you win. People should be able to recognize stuff, you should be trying to trick the offense. The offense shouldn’t know what you’re in.”

On why he chose the Bucs to re-sign with last offseason:
“Not so much the losses, but the team was fun. They had good people and it made it fun. We were 5-11, but people were having fun and we just realized that we were going to be in some f***** up situations but let’s just have fun with it. And we lost, but we played on defense. We played some good ball sometimes, all things considered.”

You can hear the full podcast by searching iHeartMiko in Apple iTunes or other podcast platforms.

– Taylor Jenkins contributed to this report

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]
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Andy Ely

Seriously who cares, he was awful this entire season. I called it back at the beginning of the season that it would be terrible. He stole $7 million from the Glazers. I am so happy to see him go

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SelmonRules1000

The GM has a say in this and he is still here doing a third coaching search.

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dbenn2012

Says all that needs to be said. To the thousands who will never live their dream, let alone those who struggle on a daily basis with basic needs and keep their heads up., I guess we need those like the Grimes family to counter what is shown by class.

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cgmaster27

Wow seeing the full excerpt is even more damning. Thay last comment about having fun even though they were losing might piss me off the most. Just wow, this organization has allowed this crap last year. No wonder others thay give a crap eventually dont. Man this pisses me off as a fan

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Andy Ely

That shit seriously falls on the coaching staff allowing it. That stuff would not fly with Arians, or Tomlin, probably even Bieniemy cause hes cut from the Andy Reid mold. Thats part of the reason McCoy needs to go because he was kind of the ring leader of that shit.

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cgmaster27

Could not agree more. Some of these dudes are clealry there for the paycheck and this soft coaching staff let them just do what they wanted. Now I’m not saying McCoy is a guy who’s just there for a check. I think he truly cares, but he just doesnt have the killer instinct. I’m sure well hear more the coming weeks.

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76Buc

Don’t think McCoy was having fun.

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76Buc

Go have fun with your wife and forget football!

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76Buc

Several of them stole the money; not just him. Arians or who ever will find them out on film review.

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JayTee

We don’t want to hear what he said on the podcast, his paly told us all we need to know. Greedy money hungry players. Brent seemed like a good guy but Miko seems like a disease.

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SelmonRules1000

She dominates him and blows all his money. That is the real reason he is crying and complaining about his own failures. Look up that Miami reality show where another former football player just busts Miko out right in front of Brent Grimes. Telling her, “If you are so good why are you not working at one of the other 4 radio stations in the area?”

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slaythembucs

Wow! I’m happy that he is gone and i’m also happy that he gave this interview. Shows how soft the coaching staff was. If you let people get away with these things most of them will do it. You can’t expect everyone to have the mindset of a JPP. You need to show players that they cant get away with such stuff .

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Buc76

This is all on Licht. He signed him here, he kept him here. Once again Licht shouldn’t even be here. The Glazers can’t get another general manager here and hire a coach so he got lucky. If he doesnt get Arians and turn this thing around you’ll see empty seats or seats filled with the other team’s fans even more than you already do.

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76Buc

GMs don’t coach or interact with players on a regular basis. This is on the coaches. Coaches coach.

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stlbucsfan

Shocked that such a caring GM would beg someone with this mentality back for another season. Another one of the stellar personnel decisions from last offseason. PR posts about how solid last offseason was and within days we hear this lol. Licht must have expanded his payrole because the fact that you guys haven’t lit into him with an article is becoming odd. I don’t care that the Glazers decided to keep him theres no way this should still be spun like its a positive in any way. This was the veteran presence he sought last offseason? A guy bitching… Read more »

BucRy

Who cares, he’s washed up, his play was completely trash this year. Good riddance to him and wife.

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BucFan circa76

During his “playing days “, his wife Miko the Mouth would do his shit talk…..now we know his playing days are officially over. It’s now obvious he has the same values as his bride.

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twspin

And his bride (bless her heart) is..A Piece of Work!

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SelmonRules1000

Miko the “SKEEZER” Mouth strutting on the way out of town with the $7 million and Grimes’ crown jewels in her purse.

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twspin

To be honest, any good team would have let Grimes go 2 seasons ago. His skills really started going down hill then. However, on a losing team where the coach was ousted, The banana slowly peels its skin to reveal quite a bit of ugliness on this team. And I’m not surprised..neither are you. I still cannot fathom why Koetter did not let Smitty walk at the end of last season. Had he done so, he would still be the Bucs coach because he probably would have easily had 3 to 5 more wins. I’m sure more bad news is… Read more »

76Buc

Meathead and the owners need to find a coach who is not just Xes & Os, but who will hold the Joe’s accountable.

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76Buc

Let me add that I don’t mean a college guy with toes on the line. I mean a proven NFL head coach.

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SelmonRules1000

For this you must bring in the Winchester boys with the assistance of a powerful priestess to exorcise all the Poltergeists from One BUC Place. Starting with the kicking Demons first and for most. Then for the final act, a resurrection must be conducted at Mount Hope Cemetery in New York to bring back the original Glazer who could make effective leadership and business decisions.

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Devasher

And this was one of Licht’s few free agent successes. I mean literally one of the only ones out of dozens of players in 5 years. Tells you all you need to know.

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surferdudes

Why did he sign back with the Bucs? No not because it was a fun place to be even if they were 5-11. The reason was Jason Licht was the only G.M. in the whole NFL stupid enough that would pay Grimes 7 million a year. I knew Grimes was done after 2017, and was shocked when Licht begged him to come back, and paid him that kind of money. Licht is a total tool, I hope whatever coach the Glazers sign has control over the roster. This is the guy Scott Reynolds would have us believe has done a… Read more »

SelmonRules1000

For some reason Reynolds says things in the interviews that would make you think he is getting paid by the BUC’s organization. Not an independent voice, but a political booster. It is as if he is towing an organizational line for them through the media outlets. He explains favorably the reasons the Glazers make the decisions that they do.

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mjmoody

Brent Grimes is our best corner. Every time I read those words it was a punch to my heart. It really emphasizes just how bad our 2ndary is. Julio Jones is a kid in a candy store playing against what the Bucs currently have in the DB room. But last year is old news & Brent Grimes is old news. I would think the DB room just got a little better. Addition by Subtraction.

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Andy Ely

I believe Carlton Davis will be a really good player. I think we definitely need to pair him with Greedy Williams

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Malcolm-Reynolds

It is a complete indictment of the entire Buccaneers regime (management and coaches) that they allowed this type of an attitude to be considered one of their top priorities last off-season. SOMEONE on that staff HAD to know about this guys true feelings about playing. Like the greatest players in NFL history have always said, You have to LOVE playing football. Not just be pretty good at it. Grimes WAS a good player at one time, but it had become readily apparent that this guy was ONLY in it for a paycheck these last couple years. That’s NOT what you… Read more »

76Buc

Bruce will find them out.

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SCLOBERNOCKER

Dude is SO full of himself. Piss off brah.
$7M isnt enough to do what you’re asked? Get outta here. YOU MADE SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS.

Im sure we could draft a guy like Greedy Williams at 5 that would play far better, for far less compensation, and be absolutely THRILLED to do it.

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BucWild02

Greedy at 5?? Way too early.

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SelmonRules1000

Your are missing the main point. He was paid $7 million and did nothing. No ints, falling down repeatedly, minimal tackles, misses, whiffs, and generally not giving a damn. Maybe he and his SKEEZER wife have blown their ill gotten gains. That’s their problem.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

That’s 2 soon-to-be former Bucs that have taken shots at the team the management and the coaching I’m not saying I agree or disagree with them I’m just saying it’s seems like there’s a lot of problems under the surface with this team.

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BucRy

I am fully expecting Desean Jackson to open his mouth up about the bucs too when he is gone. I agree with you, there’s probably so many problems within the team that we don’t know about.

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JayBuc52

While I know the guys over JoeBucsFan have a man crush on Grimes, this only goes to show what trash both he and his wife are. Keepin’ It Real? Come one, you signed a contract to be the Bucs #1 corner and your bitchin’ about having to cover the other team’s #1 receiver. In my opinion, he stole the money he got from the Glazer’s. He is a selfish player who wanted to get paid for one more season without actually having to play for it.

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Knightrider79

His last comment about having fun is directed (to me) towards Gerald McCoy. That’s his personality and the way he’s done things. That’s why we haven’t won since he’s been here and that’s why we won’t win while he’s here. He’s the captain of our defense and it shows big time.

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SelmonRules1000

The Grimes bunch did this to Miami when they were kicked out of that town. We did not kick them out. We gave him his last chance. We even through away $7 million dollars this past year out of desperation at the CB position. He played like a “bumb” the entire year. No ints, constantly falling to the ground, and he was so bad that he could not even be started at times and everybody else was injured. Yet he could not contribute. As far as I am concerned he and his “SKEEZER” wife can leave town with their free… Read more »

Bucsfan1983

Grimes is hilarious and salty here. Dude you haven’t played at a 7 million value in years.

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inspecto

Ping Pong=Ping pong= fun in the sun=just have fun who cares about WINNG????????

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Buc76

Hey JP Morgan 76Buc….he signed the guy and resigned.

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Dman

Done with this type of guy – Licht has signed too many of them.

Really need to clean house – this is the type of guy, if not THE guy JPP was talking about “keeping it real”.

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last fan standing

This falls on the GM. He is bringing in malcontents and complainers. It is unfortunately effecting the team chemistry. Whats that old saying a leopard never changes his spots. Desean has had issue where ever he’s been, Grimes the same and swaggy Baker was just lazy. Whats ever more damning is where is McCoy in all this. He supposed to be a team leader. Show some spine we have to have a Paul say it in his first year with the team. Good thing he did but not good folks. This team needs to take a page out of the… Read more »

tnew

This to me is equally to blame on coaches, management and the core defensive players on the team. For him to let loose like this the attitude must have been so pervasive within the organization.

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WinstonMVP

I bet you anything Mike Smith vouched and wanted Grimes on this team. Grimes wasn’t terrible until this year when he did absolutely Nothing for 7 Mil! He dif should have not been brought back but we now know Grimes is a snake / puss. A lot of these players with crappy attitudes like Grimes / DJax when there playing good nobody really notices the bad attitude because no one cares when they produce. Also they know to keep there mouth shut most of the time until they can blab and then you know what they were really thinking. D… Read more »

fredster

She was always a douche bag and he was kind of quiet so wasn’t sure about him. Kind of figured he must be an ass to be with her though. Now we know. He played like the chump he is this year. Was disgraceful effort. Good riddance you weird looking lazy chump.

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Buc10

Grimes go Fuk yourself! You are the epitome of a leach! You and your classless goldiggin wife are nothing but bottom feeders. Have fun twiddling those thumbs on your couch next year selfish punk! She could prob teach you how to play man in her sleep while you give 20 yards cuz you are the softest cab to ever play the game . Pu$$y!

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Buc10

#cb

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drdneast

I don’t believe Grimes felt this way until this year but it is still on Licht for resigning him. In fact, I remember the first year he was here when he was dying to get back on the practice field during training camp because he was out with a lacerated leg. But you could tell his heart wasn’t in the game this year from the onset when he missed a good deal of training camp and then the first two games. Unfortunately he was on a guaranteed contract so there was little the coaching staff could do with him. Wonder… Read more »

drdneast

For those of you who took pot shots at Gerald McCoy, I agree with you.
Even though he wasn’t voted a team captain this year he is a veteran who never speak out about behavior like this.
Last year it was Swaggy, this year it was Jackson and Grimes.

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plopes808

Well, now we know who JPP was referring to. I’d assume he was also talking about MeJax

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scubog

So Brent, who should have been asked to cover AB………….the rookie? Perhaps the truth is, #24 didn’t want to be exposed. He’s no Ronde Barber.

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Dman

Completely Agree Scubas!!!!! That’s the point – he couldn’t get it done, then whined about it!!!

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chefboho

These are some damning issues coming from these disgruntled players. I agree Licht needs to shoulder some blame. This is also why having a REAL COACH is so vital to a teams success. As someone posted above, Belichick would’ve cut these so called cancers the minute they opened their mouths. Shows exactly how soft Koetter was when he gave mesean the “captain” patch even after all the shit he was talking. I agree with most on here in putting some blame on McCoy. He’s been a great player and a perfect community leader, but as far as a captain who… Read more »

martinii

So who cares? If he was paid based on his productivity, he owes the team a lot of money.

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jrwilson85

I feel really bad that Brent Grimes had to play for a paltry 7 million. What is the matter with him ? If he has invested right, he is set for life. But he’d rather bitch about being disrespected. AH the idle rich !!!!

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joevacca1

This guy was a big CRYBABY when he was at Miami, he should have never been resigned, especially for the money they gave him, HE SUCKED, that is why he couldn’t cover the good receivers!!! I think most of the rookies were much better than him, at least they showed effort. The last time he showed anything was in the last game, and that sure wasn’t enough, and way too late!!!!!! Sure glad his contract is up, now he and his wife can ridicule the Buc’s like they did when leaving Miami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »