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Dolphins add Grimes as cornerback stopgap

The Dolphins have managed to bring players they want to the team as unrestricted free agents this offseason while at the same time holding their ground on what they pay players they believe come with risk.

The latest example of this is Miami landing unrestricted free agent cornerback Brent Grimes to a one-year deal. The deal believed to be in the $4 million range is not exactly what Grimes was looking for. He wanted a long-term deal that averaged $6-$8 million. Grimes' base salary in 2013 will be $2.75 million.

But because he didn't play last year due to an Achilles' injury, because his market did not include more than three or four teams, and because the market for corners is generally been depressed, Grimes accepted the Dolphins one-year offer today.

This is a good addition for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins have also signed TE Dustin Keller to a one-year deal. They signed guard Lance Louis to a one-year deal and they signed defensive tackle Vaughn Martin to a two-year deal. This after they paid much bigger money for receiver Mike Wallace and linebackers Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe.  

This is a good job by general manager Jeff Ireland. He stuck to his conviction on a price for Grimes and got it done.

"We are very excited that we were able to reach an agreement with Brent,” said Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland. “His experience and history of play making production will add a great deal to our secondary."

Grimes is expected to be ready for the start of the season, according to an NFL source. Indeed, that may be conservative. Grimes is already running on his surgically repaired Achilles.

"I'll be straight in no time," Grimes told the South Florida media. He declined to give a specific time frame. He did say the surgeon told him 6-8 months recovery time. May would be eight months.

Grimes said he was not certain he'd participate in the coming OTAs. I would not expect it.

Grimes, 30 in July, was the Falcons franchise tag player in 2012. He played only one game in which he ruptured the Achilles. The previous three seasons he started 36 of a possible 48 games and collected 12 interceptions.

One more thing on the Grimes addition:

If he's healthy and back to his previous form he is a likely starter. And that means the Dolphins do not go into the draft with a major need for a starting cornerback high in the draft.

In other words, Ireland will have latitude as coach Joe Philbin said, to pick the best available player.

The Dolphins continue to have offensive tackle Eric Winston on the radar. He will sign with the team if the club convinces him to take a short-term (perhaps one-year) deal that is not for huge money. Winston, obviously, continues to believe he will get more somehwere.

We'll see.

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Nobody says you can't take a player at 12 who is rated at 20. What the heck does rated mean and by who?

Taking BAP doesn't mean you can't consider your needs...there could be 5 players you rate equal, so then you take the BAP that fits your needs best.

Yeah, ok..but the other team has a say in the matter...like NO.

Posted by: Monroe | March 30, 2013 at 06:43 PM
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Good point and I totally agree.

In regards to my posts about Shields though, I'm not just throwing around ideas. The Packers have been shopping him and all accounts have them ASKING for a 2nd rounder.

Rhodes, Trufant and/or Banks would all cost at least a 2nd rounder and none of them are proven.

All I'm saying is that with the addition of Grimes today, if I were Ireland, I would HAVE TO pull the trigger on Shields even more so now. A 2nd rounder for a 25 year old Shields and suddenly our weakest team unit is a Team Strength!

It's a "No-Brainer" in my opinion.

Who's this GM? I just do not recognize his work :).This could carry through and make the Dolphins a playoff team.

I think they should keep all there picks and stay at 12 and get the best impact player like a pass rusher or another player who scores touchdowns, we have to beat the Patriots to win the division and that means we need to put more pressure on Brady and sack him more and also put up more points on the board. GO FINS

Jeremy,

Good draft. I like Kenjon Barner in the 5th as well.

BAP is not a definitive science! If you ask every GM to rate the top 50 players in order, no two lists will look alike. Once you get out of the top 5 picks, many players could be rated virtually equal. Do you really think there is a definable gap between players rated 23 to 28? No way. You never know until they get on the field in the pro's.

I wouldn't nit pick taking someone at 12 that others had rated 20, those ratings are all guesses after all. You go with what your scouting tells you. I'll bet no teams internal mock ever looks like any of the advertised mocks!

When discussing a tightend, don't forget that Philbin says it is the second hardest position to play.
Egnew is still in play and we still have Yeatman who at his new weight should be the baddest blocking tight end in the league.

Posted by: Just football | March 30, 2013 at 02:43 PM

I'm pretty excited myself about Yeatman's potential. This guy will have some versatility and and has a chance to make an impact this year.

Whens the last time so many Dolfans were this optimistic in March?? Hopefully we can't all be wrong.

It all rest on Tanny's shoulders though. The kid has his work cut out for him.

All we need is to sign an OT and Ireland is free to Draft as he says he likes to do, without big need and horizontally.

How many pundits had Kaepernik rated higher than Blaine Gabbert?

I'm just saying, we have a pick at 12, it's a good spot. They will get someone valuable and if he was rated 16 so be it, it means nothing.

The Grimes signing only enforces my previous opinion. Our greatest need is replacing Long. I believe LT is a no-brainer for our first pick, and I won't be surprised if Ireland trades up to get who he wants.

I know alot of folks on here have been down on Winston lately but I wouldn't count him out.

They did bring him in for a visit and he does fit the zone blocking scheme. If Ireland can get him at his price it wouldn't surpise me at all.

Now that Ireland has wowed the fan base with his FA moves, he won't be chastised for picking another lineman in the first round.

All these FA moves will be wasted if Tannehill does not have time.

Dashi,

Agreed, it looks to me like our secondary is going to be a lot better with or without Shields this year.

BUT...............

Sorry, I'm feeling like a greedy little kid the night before Christmas-lol.

I would be hard pressed not to make the deal for Shields. That's just me though. But I will say, I have a method to my madness. Grimes hopefully bumps it up a little and Shields puts us over the top. Finding another somewhere in the first 3 rounds and **MAYBE** we'll help Brady take a short-cut to his retirement.

With Brady in the Division we can never have enough good corners and safeties!

(Excuse me Dashi, but I have to rub something in Monkey Boys face. I have this Beautiful Smoking Hot Brunette giving me looks and I don't think She's going to wait much longer. We're heading over to a Friends House for Drinks!)

ValHalla!!!!

Kevin Kolb signing with Bills. I think I was more worried about Fitzpatrick.

I wonder about the potential of Wilson at corner or safety. Let's not forget about him.

What odin calls a hottie, others call a dog or a scag or an old bag.

With the signing of Grimes and the depth of CBs in this Draft, I would hate to see the Fins go CB with early picks. The one area the Fins have been weak in and they always go cheap is TE. That said, there is only 3 in this Draft, Eifert, Ertz and Escobar. I will add in if Eifert is available at 12, I would not be upset if he was picked. I'm still going with the Fins not picking OLine early. Vaccaro, Anash, Allen or Eifert all fit the playmaker bill.

Vaccoro is too slow for todays dynamic passing offenses. We have no LT. Martin is not the answer, the answer will be in the draft.

IF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS TRADE UP IN THE DRAFT, THEY'RE GOING TO DRAFT TEXAS A&M LT LUKE JOECKEL, THE OUTLAND AWARD WINNER. HE'S ACCUSTOMED TO THE MIAMI DOLPHINS SYSTEM UNDER MIKE SHERMAN. I HAVE A FEELING THAT THE DOLPHINS ARE GOING TO DRAFT TEXAS A&M DE MOORE IN THE SECOND ROUND AND DRAFT TEXAS A&M WR SWOPES IN THE THIRD ROUND. THEY'RE ALL ACCUSTOMED TO THE MIAMI DOLPHINS TERMINOLOGIES.

ONLY IDIOTS TYPE IN ALL CAPS.

OKAY I'VE HELD BACK LONG ENOUGH! NO MORE JEFFY FOR JEFF IRELAND! HE HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB SO FAR TRYING TO MAKE THIS A BETTER TALENTED TEAM AND HE STILL HAS 11 PICKS TO WORK WITH. C'MON MAN WE WERE QUICK TO CURSE HIM NOW LET'S BE MAN ENOUGH TO GIVE HIM HIS DO. THE DOLPHINS NOW ARE STILL YOUNG,THEY ARE FASTER, HAVE MORE PLAYMAKERS THAN LAST YEAR AND STILL HAVE 11 PICKS TO GET BETTER AND YOUNGER!! GREAT JOB M R.IRELAND! NOW AS FANS WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE PLAYERS NOT PERFORMING BEYOND THEIR POTENTIAL! NO WAY!! THEY'VE GOTTEN PAID NOW IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO REPAY THESE FANS AND WIN THE DIVISION! THAT'S RIGHT I THINK THE FINS CAN WIN THE DIVISION FROM NE IF WE CAN SOLIDIFY THE OL. WE HAVE TALENT AT WR,DL, AND NOW LB. IF GRIMES PLAYS UP TO HIS FORM WE NOW HAVE A BETTER SECONDARY THAN NE. YES WE CAN USE MORE HELP BUT IRELAND CAN PICK WHO HE WANTS AT #12 OR EVEN MOVE UP! NO NEED TO MOVE DOWN NOT WITH 11 PICKS ALREADY! AFTER THE 1ST 5 IRELAND CAN WHEEL/DEAL TO GET MORE PICKS! SO ONCE AGAIN NO MORE JEFFY CALLING FROM ME! HE HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB AND IT'S NOW UP TO THE PLAYERS. THE SAME WAY WE GOT ON TO JEFF(NO JEFFY) WE SHOULD BE TWICE AS HARD ON THE PLAYERS TO PERFORM. 10 WINS NEXT YEAR? BOOK IT! 11/12? MAYBE! NOT SO SURE! PLAYOFFS? DAMN RIGHT!! WTF NOT!! GO FINS!

Well I guess NO safeties should be drafted then because the next two Elam and Cyprien had times of 4.56 and 4.53 compared to Vacarro's 4.63. Vacarro is 6:1 215 PDA of pure hitting machine. He way outpaced every other safety in tackles. Vacarro is rated the number one safety by almost every site out there. I would take Vacarro in a heartbeat.

Been following an reading a lot.
Coach Joe and GM Ireland on a roll.
Said it before and now say it again "patience", they have a plan.

I've heard the Dolphins actually like Cyprien. If you can read anything at all into the mocks, most have Cyprien and Elam moving up into the bottom of the 1st though.

And the plan is looking quite good so far Tampa.

Vacarro is rated the number one safety by almost every site out there. I would take Vacarro in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Bobbyd12 | March 30, 2013 at 08:05 PM

How often have #1 rated players been busts?

And it's about time.
Once felt sorry for New England, now wat to kick ....
Give us a shot.

Walter Football has Vaccaro going #16 in the First to the Rams. Cyprien ahead of Elam in the Second round.???

Someone said "the strength of this draft is from 20--to 70. We don't want to use up picks trading up. We need to either stay at 12 or move back 3-4 spots and pick up another 3rd."

Trading down is fools gold. Where are the impact players/pro bowlers? First round and sometimes early second. If you think you are improving your team by stockpiling late seconds, thirds, and fourths, then you are living in some past life where this used to be a good idea. Bill Belechick has stockpiled a mediocre roster using this strategy. Tom Brady and the Miracles is what the Pats should be called. If I'm the Dolphins...Trade up, up, UUUUPPPP!!!

And "no" on Vacarro, anyone from Texas, or anyone from Alabama. They don't translate into top pro players. Just fat, happy college kids that don't want to work when they get to the NFL.

Can't understand how they pick Cyprien(FIU) ahead of Elam(UF). Walter was smoking again.

Sorry, no longer respond to trolls who are afraid to use their own names. Now go play with your Hello Kitty doll sweety.

Where are the impact players/pro bowlers?

Posted by: mia73 | March 30, 2013 at 08:25 PM

Nobody ever knows that in advance.

Grimes was undrafted. So was Romo. So were many other pro bowlers.

While many top 10 picks have been busts.

Meant want not wat, iPad is wonderful sometimes.
Not a GM or Coach Joe but would love to take kid from South Carolina 4th or 5th if possible.
Watched Gore his entire Canes career.

Vacarro is rated the number one safety by almost every site out there. I would take Vacarro in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Bobbyd12 | March 30, 2013 at 08:05 PM

How often have #1 rated players been busts?

Posted by: Too often | March 30, 2013 at 08:19 PM

Lots of People going over to Ireland's side and we haven't played one Game. What if we go 7-9? You flip-flop again?

Vacarro is rated the number one safety by almost every site out there. I would take Vacarro in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Bobbyd12 | March 30, 2013 at 08:05 PM


Those sites are opinions no different than anyone elses. Nobody on those sites are GM's with a full scouting team working for them all year long.

Only a fool would take their opinions seriously.

Lots of People going over to Ireland's side and we haven't played one Game. What if we go 7-9? You flip-flop again?

Posted by: oscar canosa | March 30, 2013 at 08:33 PM

They will if nobody reminds them how high they were on all these FA acquistions.

Excellent pick up for a cheap price. If Winston comes to his sensess and decides to tske what miami is offering I see miami drafting Austin with the 12th pick. If not count on them moving up for one of the top3 tackles or Cooper will fall to them at pick 12.

Vacarro is rated the number one safety by almost every site out there. I would take Vacarro in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Bobbyd12 | March 30, 2013 at 08:05 PM


Those sites are opinions no different than anyone elses. Nobody on those sites are GM's with a full scouting team working for them all year long.

Only a fool would take their opinions seriously.

Posted by: Finklestein | March 30, 2013 at 08:37 PM

Bobbyd IS A FOOL! and a used douche bag to boot!

Live down in So FL for along time and from an Owner's standpoint if we can trade back a few and pick up addl 2/3 then trade back up later and take Cyprian, the safety from FAU it would be good for the team and good for the Owner.
Too many good FL athletes are not taken by Fins in the draft.
Just speaking past conversations.

hehehe. YG, you should try this Windows 8, it's fantastic. But lookout, it can take over your Life.

Supposedly, 8 has an infinite amount of backup. I prefer that to storing my info in some kind of Cloud.

Hell, I don't mind YG here. I have learned to sift thru his comments.

Signing Grimes is affordable and smart- it's a plus on Ireland's scorecard.
The only reason I am not yet on the Ireland bandwagon is that the reason we are now so happy to have Grimes (even coming off a missed season) is that recent 1st and 3rd round picks at CB are no longer with the team. That is a reason to be concerned.

With 4 picks in the valuable 2nd and 3rd rounds, Ire-man needs to improve us conversion rate on Hugh-mid round picks.

Great signing. Grimes has been pegged as a probable future Hall of Famer and to get him at that price is a great deal. Ireland is proving to the world he is the best General Manager in the game currently.

Can you hear that can you THE DOLPHINS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL yea I hear it I have a feeling

Yo Oscar can you hear it brother

Oooooooooo

And to think we have a draft in 26 days with 11 picks

Wow we are reloading in a huge way

The patsies are dead meat and they know it

I think this is a great signing! Not only do the Dolphins pick up a talented CB (assuming he'll make full recovery) but this guy has the potential to make the other guys around him better. I mean for anybody who's played football or defense, once you have players around you that play at a high level, not only does that make your job easier but there is more potential for big plays. If our secondary improves in coverage or of at least making decisions difficult for QB's, what would what that do our front seven? We may not have top tier talent at every position yet but the more we improve in talent and play-making ability the more the team would improve and the more mistakes our opponents might do. Either way, I don't care what any of you haters out there say, I'm sorry but this Dolphin team is starting to have look more like a team that has the ingredients to win. Whether that happens out on the field or not, the front office has definitely shown that they have a strategy and some conviction behind it.

I think the secret is out of the bag. All these Players signing for pittances on 1 year contracts, another taking less $ here than was offered by another Team. This must mean something. What could it be, what could it be?

The Packers will match any offer for Shields. Any offer is simply a gauge for Shield's value. But it's worth a try.

I won't keep you in suspense, the secret has a name. It's called Ryan Tannehill. GN.

Muy bien Sucio

Just football@2:12

Well said- it's Joe's vision, High character play makers. That said Jeff has done great so far, we're all excited. Go Phins!!

Mr. Oscar Canosa,

Please now to tell of views of SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority).

Must now to have this opinion de usted and much desire for thirst for information.

Gracias a Dios

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