Free agent cornerback Brent Grimes was struggling to find a job on the open market just months after suffering a torn Achilles tendon on the opening week of the 2012 NFL season, but now Grimes is able to leave the unemployment line. The former Atlanta Falcons defensive back has agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins, who have not been shy about signing free agents this offseason.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Former Falcons CB Brent Grimes reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Best remaining CB off the board.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 30, 2013
Grimes deal with the Dolphins is worth $5.5 million.
For the Dolphins, they get the best remaining cornerback on the market and a starting caliber player to replace Sean Smith who bolted for the Kansas City Chiefs. Miami will still need to fill their second starting corner spot that was left vacant after the team traded away Vontae Davis to Indianapolis.
While the Dolphins have added the likes of Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe this offseason, the signing of Grimes could prove to be one of the best and most important moves the franchise made in free agency.