NFL free agency update: Buccaneers sign Brent Grimes

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 26: Brent Grimes
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 26: Brent Grimes /

Brent Grimes isn’t going anywhere, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing him back on a potentially massive deal.

One thing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers desperately need is depth at cornerback. And talent — emphasis on that. Last year the Bucs secondary was one of the worst in football and that’s been the case for more than a handful of years.

A lone bright spot in the secondary last season was Brent Grimes, and his work has paid off. Rather than take his talents elsewhere, Grimes is coming back to Tampa for at least one more year, signing a deal that could pay him as much as $10 million in 2018.

Contract details

It’s a one year deal, but the incentives could max Grimes out at a cool $10 million. That’s a ton of money but will probably land somewhere closer to the base.

National reaction

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It’s hard to justify giving $10 million to a guy who will be 35-years old when Week 1 rolls around, but Grimes has earned it. Whether it’s talent or desperation, or both, Tampa is bringing back its best cornerback from last season and that’s big. Vernon Hargreaves III is the future No. 1 for the Bucs and bringing back his counterpart is a big deal.

Tampa Bay needs talent at cornerback, and Grimes would have been a top option on the market anyways. The price tag is steep, but perhaps this sends a message to other free agent corners that the Bucs are open for business.

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