Miami Dolphins Reportedly Sign CB Brent Grimes to 1-Year Deal

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2013

August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive back Brent Grimes (20) on the sidelines during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami Dolphins continue to add pieces this offseason, as the AFC East club has reportedly signed free-agent cornerback Brent Grimes according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pro Football Talk reports the deal is worth $5.5 million. 

Grimes missed the entire 2012 season for the Atlanta Falcons after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in the team's regular-season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite the uncertainly of how he'll respond after suffering such a significant injury, Grimes will be a welcome addition to a defense that ranked 27th in the NFL a season ago in passing yards allowed.

The Dolphins also ranked 27th in the league in interceptions in 2012, recording just 10 in 16 regular-season games.

The 29-year-old Grimes has played the past six NFL seasons in Atlanta, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2006; he made his debut for the Falcons in 2007. The veteran has picked off 13 passes and defended 56 total passes in 59 career regular-season games. 

A native of Philadelphia, Grimes played his best season in 2010, playing in all 16 regular-season games and recording 87 combined tackles, five interceptions and 23 passes defended on his way to earning Pro Bowl honors.

The Falcons finished 13-3 and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs that year.

Grimes is just the latest addition to the Miami Dolphins, who have added key free agents, including Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller and Dannell Ellerbe already this March, as part of their rebuilding effort. 


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