You may have heard a deafening sound this morning coming from the lungs of screaming Browns fans as news broke that highly coveted Free Agent Cornerback Brent Grimes has signed a one year deal with the Miami Dolphins. I can only speak for myself when I say that I am a little disappointed but at the same time, as I'll point out below, there were some considerable risks both financially and health wise that the Browns obviously considered and weighed heavily.
The news was broke earlier today by 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
Recently, I discussed the cautions of signing an already aging free agent coming off of Achilles injury in my article: Browns' Free Agent Targer: Brent Grimes - Hercules or Achillies? I had discussed how a Duke Medical study showed that the productivity of said athletes usually dips dramatically following the injury and that these types of athletes have a hard time staying on the field.
That didn't stop Miami, in fact they were willing to pay him big cash to find out just how good or how much worse he may really be:
One year, $5.5 million in Miami for CB Brent Grimes wp.me/p14QSB-80oe— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 30, 2013
Here is a transcript from Omar Kelly, beat writer for the Miami Sun Sentinel, as he recaps some quotes from Brent Grimes interview today:
Grimes' contract, if what's being reported is accuracy, means he'll make more than Patterson ($4.5)& Marshall ($4.55) in real $ IF he starts— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013
"It seemed like a great opportunity and they expressed that they really wanted me here," Brent Grimes said.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013
"I have never been a free agent," Grimes said."I picked Miami because they are building something great here and I want to be a part of it."— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013
"Its just about getting strength back to what you were before. I don't have any restrictions now," Brent Grimes said.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013
"I'm 100 percent confident that I'll be healthy in no time," Brent Grimes said. "Surgeon said 6 to 8 months."— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013
"I don't have any restrictions. It is just about building up my strength right now," Brent Grimes said.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013
"I'm a great playmaker. I play the ball in the air very well," Brent Grimes said. "They wanted me here because of my ability to make plays."— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013
The downside to a one-year deal is the entire thing counts against the salary cap. But you usually get more bang for your buck.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 30, 2013