Miko Grimes Sent Outlandish Tweets so Dolphins Would Cut Husband Brent

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) after his interception against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers won the game 16-11. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
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Miko Grimes, wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, had an ulterior motive when she publicly criticized the Miami Dolphins in 2015.           

In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Jack Dickey (warning: link contains NSFW language), Miko said she wanted to help engineer Brent's exit from Miami:

According to Miko, the Dolphins had told Brent he had to take a pay cut; if he declined, they would wait until other teams used up all their cap space and then release him. (A Dolphins spokesman says that these discussions never happened.) At home, Brent said he'd sooner retire. But Miko wasn't going to let that happen—instead she would get him run out of town by going "as wild as possible on social media." Her version of what happened next: "[Brent] said, 'Go for it.' I got his full permission to be as disrespectful to the Dolphins as I wanted to be. And I threw in [Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill] because I don't like him or his wife."

In March 2016, Grimes signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers worth $13.5 million—$7 million of which is guaranteed.

Miko has been a frequent critic of Tannehill, even after Brent's departure from the Dolphins:

Brent apologized to Tannehill for Miko's comments in December 2015, when he was still a member of the Dolphins.

While Brent got his wish, Miko's strategy may have been counterproductive. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported in March 2016 that at least three general managers had indicated they didn't want to sign Brent because of his wife's social media habits:

In addition, Brent arguably received a deal less than what one would've expected for a player who made three straight Pro Bowls from 2013 to 2015. According to Spotrac, his $6.75 million average salary ties for 25th-highest among cornerbacks.

In June, The Ringer's Danny Kelly listed Grimes as the most underpaid veteran member of the Buccaneers roster.