Grimes does not intend to retire this offseason, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Grimes continues to test the waters of free agency after three seasons in Tampa Bay. The 35-year-old made 48 tackles, one forced fumble and six defended passes across 13 games in 2018, failing to record an interception for the first time since 2012, when he suited up for only one game. Though the four-time Pro Bowler intends to suit up for a 13th NFL season, it remains to be seen whether any teams are interested in bringing him in as a starter.
Grimes, who was credited with five solo tackles and three passes defensed in a Week 17 loss to the Falcons, finished the 2018 season with 48 tackles (42 solo), one forced fumble and six pass break-ups across 13 games.
Grimes was as active as ever in the tackle department, and he's now managed no fewer than 48 stops in the last nine seasons in which he's played at least 12 games. However, the veteran also failed to record an interception for the first time in a season in which he suited up for at least that many contests, as Grimes had only logged a combined three appearances in the other two campaigns (2007 and 2012) in which he'd failed to nab at least one pick. Moreover, the 35-year-old's six defensed passes qualified as his lowest figure since 2008. Grimes played 2018 on a one-year, $7 million contract, and he could therefore well be on the move this offseason, especially with a new coaching staff imminent.
Grimes made his return from a one-game absence due to a knee injury and turned in a solid performance, although he was part of a secondary that allowed 11 receptions to Michael Thomas. The veteran corner has no fewer than three and as many as six stops in every game he's played this season, but he's uncharacteristically yet to record an interception and has been credited with just three defensed passes despite seeing plenty of action his way. He'll look to get his hands on a ball from the still developing Lamar Jackson in a Week 15 tilt against the Ravens.
Grimes (knee) is active for Sunday's Week 14 game against the Saints.
The veteran corner will thus make his return after a one-game absence. Grimes will look to help a Buccaneers secondary that picked off Cam Newton four times in Week 13 turn in another stellar effort versus the formidable challenge of Drew Brees and company.
Grimes (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Grimes was a full participant in practice all week and is trending towards suiting up Week 14. If he's able to take the field against the Saints on Sunday, expect Grimes to play his usual starting role.
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|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||49||44.0||5||0||3||67||22.3||39||0||11|
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|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||1||37||1||0|
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