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Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Had the Dolphins slapped the franchise tag on Grimes, they would have owed him $11.8 million for 2014.
The report says the Dolphins can use the one-year franchise tag before the afternoon deadline at $11.5 million. Or they can attempt to sign him to a long-term extension before he hits the open market.
According to Pro Football Talk, Grimes is not expected to get the franchise tag, but he is likely to stay with the Dolphins on a long-term deal.
That will be an option if Grimes and the Dolphins can't reach an agreement.
“They said they like me here and want to have me back," Grimes told the paper. "Hopefully, it happens sooner than later, and I don’t have to worry about it.” Grimes said the team has not discussed slapping him with the tag, and "nobody wants to get franchise tag, another one-year deal.”
Even if a player is tagged, the sides can negotiate a contract and get the tag lifted by mid-July.
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