Grimes grabbed an interception in the Bucs' opening day of OTAs on Tuesday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports. The veteran free-agent signee got things off on the right foot during the opening OTA session, snatching an interception and also getting his hands on the ball on several other occasions. Grimes has extensive experience in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, having played under the latter in Atlanta from 2008-2012. The 32-year-old will try to regain the form that allowed him to grab 13 picks over the last three seasons with the Dolphins.
Grimes has agreed to a two-year deal worth $16.5 million with the Buccaneers, Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports. Grimes has released by the Dolphins earlier in the week after spending three seasons with the team. Last season he played in 15 games, recording 49 tackles and four interceptions.
Grimes is expected to be released by the Dolphins, the Sun Sentinel reports. Grimes was reportedly approached to restructure the four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014, but prefers to be released and become an unrestricted free agent. In cutting the 32-year-old Grimes, the Dolphins would free up $6.5 million in salary cap space, opening room for them to potentially acquire pricey cornerback Byron Maxwell from the Eagles.
Grimes is not a lock to remain in Miami next season. Grimes would be in the third year of a four year contract and could be a salary cap casualty. Grimes wasn't the player in 2015 that he was in 2014 and with his wife causing all kinds of off the field distractions the new coaching staff may find it best to just cut bait and move on.
Grimes believe his bout with food poisoning in behind him, reports the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. Grimes missed the game Sunday because he wasn't feeling well but should be full go for the game Sunday against the Cowboys. A game in which he should see a whole bunch of Dez Bryant.
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