Coming off three consecutive Pro Bowl campaigns in Miami, Brent Grimes has quietly put together another great season in Tampa, both as a player and a mentor.

“He’s been what we anticipated we were going to get when we signed him as a free agent,” Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith said Thursday. “He’s been a guy who I think has been a great mentor for some of these young guys in our room, in terms of how you’re supposed to play defensive back.”

CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Getty Images

As well as being sounding board for the likes of Vernon Hargreaves and Javien Elliott, the 10th-year pro has also led by example on the field.

Since Week 4, Grimes has defended 18 passes and picked off another three. He also has a chance to hit 60 tackles this Sunday (currently at 53), which would be a fourth for his career and the first time since 2013, his first year in Miami.

“He’s a very active player that gets his hands on a lot of footballs, and he’s been a productive guy,” said Smith, who drafted Grimes in 2007 and coached him in Atlanta for six years prior to reuniting in Tampa. “He’s made some game-saving tackles. In fact, the last time we played Carolina, he had the game-saving tackle on the 1-yard line and then on the next play he had the pick.”

Though he stands 5-foot-10, Smith said Grimes, 34, can jump “like he’s a 6-foot-4 guy,” which the aforementioned pick in Week 5 illustrated best. He’s also a student of the game, Smith said, always watching film and keeping tabs on opposing wide receivers and quarterbacks.

“He’s been a productive player for us and I certainly hope he continues to beat Father Time and will be with us for a little bit longer,” Smith said. Grimes’ contract, signed last March, was a two-year deal worth $16.5 million with $7 million guaranteed. His cap hit for 2017 would be $6.5 million.

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5 years ago

Grimes has been well worth the money if you ask me. Has gotten burnt a couple of times, but all of the best DB’s do from time to time. But he has been great in my humble opinion.

5 years ago

Again, as we see so often, fans and even media analysts tend to undervalue player performance that does not reach a level of perfection that is unknown in the real world. Brent Grimes is one of those players that people seem to love to jump on when a top NFL receiver beats him, but fail to recognize that no cornerback on earth can defend against every pass. But as to Brent Grimes, how about this little stat: Grimes is tied for the league lead in passes defensed at 20 for this season. That’s more passes defensed than some of the… Read more »