Brent Grimes and the Dolphins are close to getting a contract done that will return him to the team, according to a league source.
[Update: Gimes has re-signed with the team. He will be returning.]
Grimes, who had been a candidate for the franchise tag, will not be tagged as the deal will be for multiple years.
The Dolphins have until March 11 to finish the deal before free agency begins and Grimes can sign with another team. Pending free agents can also begin negotiating with other teams March 8 but not sign a deal with those until the 11th.
Grimes, 31, was Miami's best defensive back in 2013 when he played under a one-year deal.
[Update: Grimes told Josina Anderson of ESPN the contract is a four-year deal. So the structure will be interesting as most CBs don't make it to the final year of their deal when they're 34.]
[Update: ESPN is also reporting the deal is for $32 million with $16 million guaranteed. So Grimes is getting an average of $8 million per year and the equivalent of two years guaranteed.]
He led the team with four interceptions and was easily the most effective defensive back in coverage. Grimes was selected to the Pro Bowl.
On another matter, agent Drew Rosenhaus is hoping he can get a contract offer for safety Louis Delmas, who visited Friday, but negotiations have not yet begun.
[Update: The Dolphins can still use the franchise tag by the end of today. That won't happen with either Paul Soliai or Randy Starks, if what the team has told both agents is true. Soliai agent David Canter tells me the club has told him multiple times he will not be franchised and a Starks associate has told The Herald's Barry Jackson that he does not expect Starks will be tagged.
Is that true?
Anything can happen by the end of business today but I would guess the Dolphins don't lie to the folks they're negotiating with.]