Grimes re-signed with the Buccaneers on Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Grimes, 34 years old, has refused to let his age get in the way of his productive ways. Last season, he racked up 49 combined tackles to go along with three interceptions. Despite the impressive season, the Bucs remained stubborn this offseason in their negotiation tactics by refusing to sign Grimes to a long-term deal. Not only does Grimes figure to be a major component to the Tampa Bay defense in 2018, but the 12-year vet will likely be playing for another sizable contract.
Grimes compiled 49 tackles (44 solo) -- including two for loss -- three interceptions, one fumble recovery and 11 passes defensed over 13 games in 2017. The 34-year-old's numbers were certainly on par with his recent seasons, especially when extrapolated over 16 games. Grimes showed he could still get his hands on the ball on a consistent basis, and the Buccaneers' pass defense, which ranked last in both total passing yards (4,169) and passing yards per game (261) allowed, tangibly missed his presence when he was sidelined for three games due to injury. Still playing at a reasonably high level despite being 11 seasons into his career, Grimes heads into unrestricted free agency with a chance to secure a starting job, or at worst, a nickel corner role, in Tampa or elsewhere in 2018.
Grimes posted three tackles (two solo) and recorded his third interception of the season in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions. The veteran defensive back was part of a secondary that allowed Matthew Stafford to rack up 381 passing yards, but he was able to grab his third interception of the season in the second quarter on a deep throw intended for Kenny Golladay. Grimes has logged all three picks in the last seven games, and one more interception over the final three contests would give him at least four for five consecutive seasons.
Grimes tallied five solo tackles in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Packers. The veteran corner managed his highest tackle total since Week 6, but he's only notched a modest two interceptions on the season. Grimes has no fewer than four picks in the previous four campaigns, so the 34-year-old has some ballhawking to do over the season's final four games to keep that streak alive.
Grimes (shoulder) posted three solo tackles and an interception that he returned for 28 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jets. The veteran corner was able to get back on the field after missing the last two games and made an acrobatic interception downfield on a deep post while covering the speedy Robby Anderson early in the second quarter. However, Anderson got a measure of revenge with 28 seconds remaining by beating Grimes on a go route down the right side to get the Jets to within 15-9 at the time. The aforementioned pick was Grimes' second of the season, and perhaps the best news coming out of the game was that he appeared to emerge without setbacks. Grimes will have a crack at his old Dolphins teammates when the Buccaneers make the trip to South Florida in Week 11.
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