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Brent Grimes visits the Dolphins

That stuff about the Dolphins slowing in free agency because they were waiting on Jake Long? No.

After signing both TE Dustin Keller and receiver Brandon Gibson today, the club also announced it hosted a free agency visit by cornerback Brent Grimes.

Grimes is a six-year vet who has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons. He made his way onto the team as an undrafted free agent and made the Pro Bowl in 2010. He has played 59 career games and has 13 career interceptions but last year played only one game due to injury.

Grimes tore his Achilles' tendon in the season opener and missed the rest of the season. It is unclear whether the 5-10, 183-pounder is fully recovered from that injury but it must be said the full recovery time for such an injury is usually more than six months.

Grimes, 28 in July, is the first cornerback visiting the Dolphins following the departure of cornerback Sean Smith.

Smith signed with the Chiefs after the Dolphins showed little interest in retaining him. Little interest is defined as the Dolphins didn't offer him a contract.

Cornerback is considered a deep position in this year's draft.

The Dolphins need help at cornerback and will get it either in free agency or the draft or, more likely,  a combination of the two. The only cornerbacks the Dolphins have on the roster with starting experience are Nolan Carroll, Richard Marshall, Dimitri Patterson and Jimmy Wilson.

Carroll started last year but lost his job late in the season. Marshall spent most of the season injured nursing a bad back that required surgery. Patterson was a late-season addition who started one game and promptly got injured. Wilson made one emergency start in 2011 but is considered mostly a nickel or dime player.

This has been a terrible year in the free agent market for corners. Grimes would be a good pickup as a stopgap or on a prove-it contract.


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And just incase they can't get Long locked up, just keep JMart at LT where he played his entire college career blocking the blindside for Luck and then sign Eric Winston who had a very good year for the pitiful Chiefs last year.. Either way it gives us what could hopefully be a very solid OL with all those new young offensive weapons for Tanny.. Just have to lock up one of Long or Winston this way Dolphins don't have to worry bout drafting a T cause all the good ones gonna be gone by the 12th pick.. Joeckle, Fisher, Lane Johnson..

We have accomplished just about everything we all wanted what a great job by Ireland and co. Now if we can keep big Jake and get a veteran cb holy cow . When's the draft dudes , lets get ready

Our target is New England , but are we ready for prime time? I think so


An interesting read. Something to consider when heading into the draft. It also puts into perspective this spending spree in free agency.

I still can't believe this is the same Jeff Ireland WOW what a job

Hard to believe we lost 7 starters. YIKES!!

dumervil will resign with denver or leave for where ever mike nolan is coaching. Still think dolphins are better at corner than most people think LOVE Jimmy Wilson guy deserves a shot lot of good corners go undrafted so would rather not over spend but dolphins need more pass rush hope to draft cornelius wasington out of georgia stay the course ireland.

Whoa, Whoa! We haven't played one Game yet. We SHOULD be better.

Looks like the same Jeff Ireland to me. Desperate reactive moves across the board.

Of course NE is our target. Probably one of the causes of all these LB moves. Belichick knows it.

Forget NE. We're not in the same league as they are. The Jets and Buffalo are our rivals.

I said target. We beat NE, we beat the rest.

Kris, trying to keep up, man... Yes, it was me who suggested that Jeff Ireland would and should probably be conservative in FA. There was a core group that went 7-9 but was 9-7 if not for a kicker placed into a position where he fails 2 out of 3 times. This with new coaches all around, a rookie QB and everyone having to learn new offensive and defensive schemes. It wasn't a bad bet to figure that the same group would be better in 2013 even without new additions.

Who is not surprised by all the team moves so far? Only those on the player acquisition committee, is my guess. Not that I had great aspirations for Dolphins gone and now contemplating fresh colors but one has to wonder how all these new guys will mesh.

So far, the defense looks more agressive and the offense has more potential. Overall it appears to be a good thing but many times after indulging in FA teams look like that. Not sure why it can go so bad when it looks so good on paper. I'll be rooting for everyone in aqua and orange anyway.

The shortsightedness of some fans (are you fans?) is strange. We needed a number 1 WR- check. We needed a seam threat TE-check. We need to bolster the WR corp-check. New England has great TEs so we needed to get better coverage LBs- check. We need CBs- currently being addressed and hopefully a signing will occur. We need a OL tackle-Long maybe resigned otherwise Martin moves to LT and we sign a RT. DE to compliment Wake-according to a report John Abraham has talked to the Dolphins to fill that need. Every weak spot on the team has or is attempting to be addressed.

As far as the cap goes- Im sick of people saying Ireland set us up for bad cap years coming up. Guess what- your WRONG. Next year (2014), the Dolphins had only $71 million committed to contracts before the start of free agency this year- by far the lowest in the league. Thats why Mike Wallaces contract hits us hardest in year 2- bc we have over $50 million in cap space!

Say what you will about Jeff Ireland as a talent evaluator (I think hes doing fine outside of Parcells shadow), but he and his assistant Donna are excellent at cap structuring. Please give educated comments instead of just blurting things out people.

I would be nice to get the Grimes deal done so we don't necessarily have to draft a cb in the 1st rd.

Its kind of doubtful though because I don't think they will want to pay him too much.

It really seems like their trying to put right kind of players into their system instead of putting a square peg in a round hole.

I could really see someone like Ansah being our 1st rder in that scenario. He's more of a true 4-3 DE than Odrick.

Then its CB ,S,TE,WR and guard. Rds 2-4. I think safeties Elam or Crypien will be hard to pass up if one of them are still there in rd 2.

Dolfin Rick,

I agree with you mostly- I still think they go CB in round one unless a trade scenario occurs. When you look at most drafts, CB after Milliner will come off the board starting around our pick. My prediction is that the Dolphins go Xavier Rhodes at number 12. Otherwise, Ansah if he is still there but I jsut dont know if he will be. I also predict, barring another team stealing him, Cyprien the safety from FI will be a second round pick for us.

Is all the Dolphin spending worrisome? Yeah, I think so. At the end of last year the team had 41 players under contract for the 2013 season at cap expense of $74.8M. So far, just the top 10 players on the team next year will have a combined cap hit of $69M.

Grimes failed the physical, still walking with a limp.

Frank, i agree we go Rhodes in the 1st regardless if Grimes gets signed or not. You cant have enough cover corners. Patterson,Marshall,Grimes and Rhodes would be a great start.

I'm still scratching my head with the Gibson signing. If he replaces Bess,then fair enough but wouldn't it be easier and alot cheaper to just keep Bess and add a WR in the 2nd round. Hunter,Hopkins or Bailey would all be a better option imo.

Maybe Ireland still picks a WR in the 2nd? Wouldn't surprise me...

Rhodes in the 1st does appear more likley. A DE in the first would probably prevent them from getting everything we need done.

You would think a TE and a S would be priotites due to the one year conracts. I think they want to add a more athletic guard as well.

I think Bess either gets cut or traded.

I don't worry about the spending at all. It's really on the coaches to get this team to mesh and use these guys to maximize their potential.

If you think about the WR corp. How can Wallace, Hartline, Bess and Gibson do worse than...Hartline, Bess, Moore and Armstong/Binns? last year. If you break it down position by position it's hard to see how this doesn't work out better for the team.

I still can't believe this is the same Jeff Ireland WOW what a job

Posted by: Marc from nj
You have to realize the influence of VP Parcells who controlled everything. A dinosaur who brought in big slow players. Parcells work; The Secondary is being replaced, not drafting a receiver early enough has been corrected, the slower linebacking group that Parcells brought in replaced, Wake was a good P/U but Parcells drafted big slow guys. The lineman that were recruited and released going against the cap caused a lot of non spending to correct. Parcells had set the Dolphins back big time. Joe Philbin has no doubt helped in talent selection to spend money on.

At the rate the team was progressing was there really any other way to retool this team this quickly without hitting FA hard? Ireland got the message loud and clear to improve this team now and not wait and for draftees to develop into pro players. I honestly think the guy has already saved his job.

I too think Bess gets cut or traded. I would take a 4th rounder for him if we have to. But I really don't want to lose the guy.

next failed his IQ test, now it's official, cockroaches have more intelligence


Grimes apparently is still not signable according to the post in front of you (9:06). There are still veterans on the market that Ireland will look to. Im predicting that 3 of the 9 picks will be spent on DB/S.

Billcale- Ireland and Donna(sounds like a 70's duo ala the Carpenters or Tony and Dawn) are cap management freaks- they are not going to put this team in peril. I think one of the reasons Mr Ross keeps Ireland around is because froma business sense (i.e bottom line) he manages things well.

The Dolphins should draft a speed receiver for one of their 2nd round picks. Guys get injured from the CB's punishing them after the catch, hamstrings etc....If Wallace goes down for a game or two, the Dolphins will need another deep threat to keep things open for the screens, running game and shorter passing.

When will some of you stop repeating ad nauseam that Parcells was old school, drafted big slow players, yada yada... We have all heard that 10 million times now.

Possible draft scenario:

1.Rhodes-CB FSU
2.Cyprien-S FIU
2.Warford-G UK
3.Wheaton-WR OSU
3.Escobar-TE SDSU

Actually looking at the draft. Things really start to thin out rd 4. I'd say using those picks to trade up where there is a ton of talent could be an idea.

Spending spree??...what a ridiculous way to characterize a dramatic aggressive plan to upgrade this team instantly. This team has the same salary cap as all the other teams...so why should Ireland and Philbin have to wait to spend their money to improve this team? It's likely some of the guys signed are going to bust and not work out but I really like the aggressive nature of doing something different rather than sticking with the same players that weren't working out and hope it fixes itself.

dusty bottoms, if we cut Marshall it will cost us dead money, Patterson is the one with salary only no bonus. Cut him and there's no cat issues.

Possible draft scenario:


dadsmithwest, couldn't have said it better. Anyone who doesn't like what they are doing have no clue. Some of the FA will do great, some won't, but they are making the right moves.

if they need cap flexibility they can dump any combo or all of Marshall, Patterson, Carpenter and Bess......and a couple of those guys are already vulnerable anyway--yeah, we need CBs but if they add Grimes and draft 1-2 others, M or P could be let go--Bess' contract is up after this year anyway.....and Carpenter cant be making 3 mill at this point--draft one of the top kickers in the late rounds and Carpenter could be let go.

Lars I think rd 2 is a little early for Gwen.

billcale. don't be an idiot, they can manage the cap. That's why they designated the Dansby and Burnett cut for June instead of March.

I with you guys. The last thing I worry about is Ireland handling the cap.

He looks to be getting better at the areas I was concerned about. Adding talented players and being flexible with is thinking.

Frank from PA, I'm sure all these fans that are crying about the cap in 2014 know more that Jeff and Donna that actually do it for a living. That's like me tell my plumber how to do his job.

40 days and counting draft 2013 is just around the corner

This whole thing is predicated on RTHILL...... This thing will unravel if he does not get it done but we all know this. We still have a few needs but there has been some nice moves in FA. This draft is thick with OL and Passrushers as well as CBs but lacked in TEs and ars. R needs fit into the draft perfectly so I c a T, passrusher, CBs and rb depth. If Ireland can land 3 strarters in this draft and Thill plays up to expectations we will b in the playoffs for sure. Our biggest needs r T and cb. A passrusher and a rb for depth would b nice as well.

with Clemons on only a 1 yr deal, they could also consider Vaccaro with their first pick.......could be one of the better/young safety combos in the league, plus he's big and fast enough to cover TEs in the middle of the field

I too see bess being trade bait this way we can still draft a receiver or two

Greg Jenning....."Vikings made me feel WANTED"....


The theme continues.....

Great job Mr. Ireland.....

Myths busted this OFF-SEASON....

No PRIZE FA want to sign in Miami...

Ireland is racist (dumbest on EVER)....

Ross is cheap....

Looks like the trolls will need some new material....

Kris, yeah that whole "no FAs want to sign w/ Miami" last year was a joke, and a few of the local columnists backed off quickly after realizing how dumb they sounded--basically gained steam after comments from J Porter and Crowder, both underperforming malcontents with axes to grind--not alot of credibility from those 2

I bet Gibson did not break the bank maybe 2 mil. A year if that

and by trolls...of course I mean Aloco...and his many aliases.....


did I leave anything out.....nah...I think thats his whole schtick ......

I bet Gibson got more than that, but he likely replaces Bess this year or next anyway

Agree Benz.....

I to was worried that FA didn't want to sign here....especially after the Dez question...followed up by the Clark comments......

but clearly...Ireland has proven that as a falsehood....

Does anyone know his contract details

all this talk about a CB which is a BIG need and a SS and a DE and a OL but I ask you dolfans

who is going to be our RB???
we may be able to throw the ball but we need a running game too

is mike turner/bradshaw worth a 1 yr deal?

I say draft a RB #1 if we could land a richardson or doug martin type player holy crap this offense can be dangerous in 2013 !!!

I'll give you the LOVE you never got as a kid....

Tell PAPA Kris whats wrong....PAPA Kris will make it ALLLLL better.....

Posted by: Kris | January 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Mr. Ireland is his name now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We can address running back in the 3rd or 4th round maybe even later

Staffon Taylor anyone !

Canuck--no way they draft a RB early......agree they still need depth but RBs are just not that valuable, and dont last with the size/speed of the current players--(yes, a few exceptions, but only a few)--most are shot by 27, 28, or at least slow down considerably--D Thomas is big, physical (and was good at KS) and already has 2 concussions......draft 1-2 in the middle/late rounds

Its a sign of respect Oscar @ 10:35.....

I know that is a subject (respect) that you know very little about....and clearly have received even less during your life time.....

I'm not gonna spend my saturday giving you a class...just KNOW that respect does exist...its not a myth....and it is EARNED...and not freely given...

Ireland is beginning to earn his....

No diva WR has ever won a SB.....not that I can think of....

Posted by: Kris | March 01, 2013 at 09:36 AM

Sean, I like the intelligence of T-Hill to help avoid the sophmore slump and the pressure of adding all these guys. But we have to get him some Olinemen and a RB for depth. The running game has to improve.

Frank at 8:34, EXACTLY!!

Really hope we draft M.Lattimore with one of our 4's. Its a risk for sure but the kid was a baller and would likely have been a first rnd pick, if not for the injury. Give him a year to get that knee right and for Thomas to prove his worth (and whether or not he can stay healthy). If not, Miller and Lattimore in 2014 sounds like a good 1-2 punch to me!

Miller and Thomas right now are our rbs. A veteran like Slaton who we had before wouldn't hurt for depth.

I wonder if the Bucs would tske a 7th rder or 2 for Blount??

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