The Bucs plugged a hold in the secondary (at least for one more year) on Monday when they brought back the age-defying wonder, cornerback Brent Grimes. Tampa Bay gave Grimes, who had been contemplating retirement this offseason, a one-year deal with reports of it being worth up to $10 million.

That number would put Grimes in high company on the NFL cornerback pay scale. And while that number is accurate, it won’t be a simple one to reach. has learned Grimes base salary for 2018 begins at $7 million, and with high play time, it can reach $8.5 million. In order to reach the $10 million figure Grimes will have to make the Pro Bowl, the Bucs will need to reach the playoffs, and Grimes will need to collect four interceptions.

After three straight Pro Bowl seasons in Miami, Grimes who turns 35 in July. signed a two-year, $16.5 million deal with the Bucs in 2016. He was the team’s top cornerback for two consecutive year, recording seven interceptions in 29 games played.s He played in all 16 of the team’s regular season games in 2016, but had injuries creep up on him in the preseason and during the regular season, which forced him to only play 13 of the 16 games.

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  1. Love the signing. After Grimes there is a significant drop off in talent at the CB position.

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    • I love the contract! I really like Grimes, but the first news that i heard was that he signed for ten million. That seemed a bit risky considering that he was banged up a bit last year. Reading the details, I think that it is great; a good base salary with significants incentive for performance. Well done!

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  2. Okay, now I want him to make the 10 million! I’m so happy he’s back.

    I feel like Licht and his staff have a plan and they know what they’re doing. Can’t wait to see what they do in FA. I’m hoping we plug some holes that the Pewter Report pointed out in a previous article: CB, OL and RB and get the guys they picked in their mock draft.

    I know some people may say something about me saying Licht and his staff knows what they’re doing but a reputable media member Gil Brandt said that they were very good Evaluators. I know some might talk noise about Baker and others but you just don’t know how a guy will be once he’s received his money. Doesn’t take much for people to get comfortable and stop working hard.

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  3. At first I was thinking 10 mil a year was too high, but this sounds much better. I like the incentive based contracts. the better you perform, them more you get!

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    • I like the Playoff incentive!

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  4. Maybe the Glazer triumvirate has matured as well. We shall see! 😊

    Go Bucs!!!!

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  5. It’s still a lousy deal. It should have been more like $2 million base salary with incentives that push it up to $5 million. Grimes is not a good CB anymore. He gives up way too many completions, short and long.

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  6. It’s good to see the team is protecting themselves in these contracts. I also wonder though, if these types of contracts are making it harder to attract valuable free agents

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