Nov 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) is introduced before a game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium. The Panthers won 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Brent Grimes doesn't want to be franchise tagged by Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins actually didn’t have that bad of a defense in 2013, all things considered. The unit showed a lot of flash at times in the year and even had some surprise players become impact starters for the team. One player the Dolphins would like to bring back next season is Brent Grimes but he wants the team to do so by way of a long-term deal and not a one-year franchise tag.

According to The Miami Herald, Grimes wants no part of the franchise tag this offseason and the Dolphins would be better off not placing the tag on him.

The Dolphins would be well-served to try to negotiate a multi-year deal with Grimes because the franchise tag for a cornerback has been estimated by CBSSports.com to be $11.2 million, and using it on Grimes would reduce the Dolphins’ cap space to around $20 million.

It’s not surprising that Grimes, who tires his ACL in 2012, doesn’t want to play on a one year deal. The question is if he’s earned a long-term contract with the Dolphins or would he get one if he hit the open market this offseason?

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