A year after tearing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the 2012 season, cornerback Brent Grimes had a wonderful return in his first year in Miami. He accumulated four interceptions in 2013, including his first career pick-6, and Pro Football Focus ranked him as the second-best cornerback in the league behind Darrelle Revis.
Now, after playing 2013 on a one-year, $5.5 million show-me-something contract and making the second Pro Bowl of his career, Grimes probably feels like he's earned a long-term commitment from Miami and the tens of millions of dollars that would come with it.
And as far as getting the franchise tag (which would pay him about $11.2 million for 2014), it doesn't sound like he's interested.
The tag "is not what anybody wants,” Grimes said, via the Miami Herald.
It might not be what the Dolphins want either, especially because, as the paper points out, it would reduce the salary cap to about $20 million while still having to re-sign a number of important pieces to the team. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora wrote that retaining Grimes was the team's top priority in February.
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Dimitri Patterson, the other corner[back], is virtually certain not to be back at his $5.4M salary, sources said, though perhaps at a lesser figure. Still, that's uncertain especially just a few years after trading one emerging young corner (Vontae Davis) and letting another walk on a relatively modest free agent contract a year ago (Sean Smith). Also, starting safety Chris Clemons is a free agent. Some scouts would make the case that, despite limited big play potential, Clemons was more sound than higher-paid Reshad Jones in 2013. This puts more pressure on the team to retain Grimes -- their best cover player -- even at a salary that could prove dangerous given his age and litany of past health issues.
One thing Grimes knows: he wants some financial security.
"I've been tendered. I've been franchised. I've been hurt and had to play for what I could get. That's my story. Nothing I can really do about it but just keep playing," Grimes said in December. "Hopefully it works out for me, finally."
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