Grimes, 34 years old, has refused to let his age get in the way of his productive ways. Last season, Grimes racked up 49 combines 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 recorded four tackles, all solo, and recovered a fumble in Sunday's loss to Falcons.
Grimes had a pivotal fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter Sunday, stopping the Falcons' offensive drive in its track. He'll now face Brett Hundley and the Packers offense, who performed admirably last week in Pittsburgh.
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||57||51.0||6||0||4||37||9.2||31||1||24|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||49||44.0||5||0||3||67||22.3||39||0||11|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||1||37||1||0|