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Grimes contract great for player first 2 years, great for team final 2 years

The details of Brent Grimes' contract are in and, predictably, the sides answered the issue of the player's age, which will be 31-years-old when the 2014 season begins, by basically splitting the baby.

King Solomon would be proud.

The Dolphins make a strong commitment to Grimes the first two years of the four-year, $32 million deal that includes $16 million in guaranteed money.

Grimes gets a $6 million signing bonus that is guaranteed and $10 million of his base salaries the first two years are fully guaranteed. Those base salary numbers are $2.475 million and $8.475 million. In the second year, only $7.525 million is guaranteed.

So Grimes is going to make $17 million the next two seasons and $16 million of that is fully guaranteed. That makes sense for him because he's assured himself of being around and earning big paydays when he's at his youngest and his play is likely to mirror what it was last season when he went to the Pro Bowl.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, protect themselves from a sudden drop in performance when Grimes hits his 33rd and 34th birthdays because he could easily be cut those two years.

The cap hit for cutting Grimes in 2016 at age 33 would be $3 million ($1.5 million if they designate it after June 1). The cap hit for cutting Grimes the final year of his deal would be $1.5 million. And by cutting Grimes those years the Dolphins would save $8 million in cap space in 2016 (assuming they designate the cut for post June 1 or $6.5 million if they take the $3 million in dead money all in one lump sum.)

The Dolphins would save $5.5 million in cap space in 2017 if they cut the player at any time before the regular season begins.

So, in that regard, the Dolphins are really committed to Grimes for two years.

One more thing: The cap hit for Grimes this season is $4 million. That's less than the cap hit for Grimes last season. And the while the cap hit will climb to $10 million in 2015, the salary cap itself is expected to climb next year for all teams so that will mitigate that pain.

By the way, there's $100,000 in reporting bonuses throughout the life of the contract -- $25,000 every year.

Pocket change, right?

What a world.

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..Fair deal for both sides. Well played Mr. Hickey, or Ms. Aponte, or whoever is running this team.


Mediocre, pedestrian writer = mediocre, pedestrian blog.

Darryl,

What cosmopolitan fragrance are you wearing today? For me, it is Creed 'Aventus' (which you probably cannot afford).

Man Jerry Jones is tinkering with his teams contracts and is going to put his team in a hole for years. I bet he wished The Dawn worked for him

Jerry jones is a frickin idiot. He wishes he was Al Davis, when Al Davis was cool.....and alive.

"Abba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba"
Said the monkey to the chimp.
"Abba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba dabba"
Said the chimpee to the monk.
All night long they chattered away.
All day long they were happy and gay,
Swinging and swaying in a honky, tonky way.

Great, on the Grimes signing, but, for our secondary to really "SOAR" in 2014, GO GET Jarius Byrd!

Then, "restructure" D'mitri Patterson. Patterson "stays healthy", we have a top 5 NFL secondary, easily!

Whatever they do, please get rid of Nolan Carroll. He is garbage! I have never seen a player play so bad and yet receive so much positive media attention as if he is good. He killed our momentum in key points of key games this year.

Can you get rid of someone that is no longer yours and you would have to sign back to get?

I wonder if my comments clearly illustrate how much of an Intellectual Donkey, I really am. I sure hope so!

Nolan Carroll's "very cheap" right now. No urgency to axe him. He's insurance our 2013 rookie corners develop.

So please folks, stop crapping your pants over axing Carroll. He's our "backup" not "starting corner".

Also, with the "starting experience" he gained last season, he could develop into one of the league's best "slot corners". Sometimes, things that happen in a season(2013), happen for a better "longterm" reason.

deity,

So what were you trying to say

SAM,

Slap yourself.

A good deal for both, nice work by Hickey and "The Dawn"

Still 35 mil in cap space.

Carroll also has improved every year he has been in the league. Coyle's coaching helped a lot. He's average I know, but thats good for a backup.

"Pocket change, right?

What a world."

The top .0001% of society that are the best of the best in their RARE profession are usually compensated as such.

Check out fanspeak.com to fill out a simulated mock draft.

Here's mine:
Rd 1-Taylor Lewan, LT
Rd 2- Joel Bitonio, LT/LG
Rd 3- Troy Niklas, TE
Rd 4- Andre Williams, RB
Rd 5- Trai Turner, G
Rd 6- Jay Bromley, DT
Rd 7- Cody Latimer, WR

My alternate mock draft:

Rd 1- Eric Ebron, TE
Rd 2- Xavier Sua-Filo, G
Rd 3- Brandon Thomas, G
Rd 4- Caraun Reid, DT
Rd 5- James Hurst, RT
Rd 6- Storm Johnson, RB
Rd 7- Sean Parker, S

Woodshed, I like that simulator, but I think its a bit inaccurate. I would be stunned if Lewan or Ebron fell to 19. It would be great if they did fall.

I have done a couple myself for fun. I see myself being too need orientated going with O-line in rounds 1 and 2 and RB in rd 3 instead of best available. I do like Bitonio and Sua-Filo a lot though.

Things will be much clearer after free agency ends.

Man Jerry Jones is tinkering with his teams contracts and is going to put his team in a hole for years. I bet he wished The Dawn worked for him

Posted by: Rdubs | March 05, 2014 at 01:32 PM

The Romo Re-Structure puts his CAP # at over 30 Mil. by 2016 when taking into account the signing bonus (Pro-Rated portion) part of his deal over it's lifetime. They also Pro-Rated Sean Lee's contract by converting salary into part of his signing bonus as well on his 6 Yr./ 55 Mil deal (Always hurt not worth the money). Don't know what Jerry is doing but with these 2 contracts and Scandrick also getting up-front cash converted of his deal (Also not worth his deal or even 1/3rd of it if you watch his play) then the Re-Structure of D.Ware will put them at around 55 Mil. plus in 2016 DEAD CAP money. They needed to part with these guys and admit it's time to start over. The Cowboys are dead in the water for the next 3 to 4 Yrs. barring some incredible drafting!

Looks like the Vikings wants Nolan Carroll. If the contract is anything significant they can have him.

We need to let N Carroll walk. Sure he has improved, I'll say that much BUT as someone else stated he's let us down in key situations important games big time!!! You could see it clear as day, as soon as Patterson goes out of the game the opposition IMMEDIATELY attacks Carrol!

I'm sorry but Nollan Carroll sucks..he's one of a handful of players I've seen in my almost 30yrs of watching NFL caught STANDING AROUND WHILE THE PLAY HAPPENS AROUND HIM. Carroll anywhere on our roster in any capacity even backup is not a good thing.

I saw more natural instincts from THOMAS(SF practice squad player) in 2 plays than I have from Carroll in his tenure as a Dolphin.

Someone hit nail on head earlier, never seen a player who's so bad get so much recognition.

A good and fair contract for Grimes and the Dolphins. Hickey is off and running....

My 2014 Offseason Mock:

FA

1. Albert or Monroe OT
2. Jarius Byrd Safety

Draft:

1. Aaron Donald DT
2. Zack Martin LG (Feel LG is where he'll be drafted)
3. David Yankey RG
4. Marion Grice RB AZ St(Best hands in this class)
5. Derrick Hopkins DT Va Tech(Rotational DT)
6. Aaron Murray QB
7. WR/Kick Returner

My 4th rd position is interchangeable. Just like Grice because scouting report says he's easily the best receiving rb in the draft. Gives greater play calling flexibility.

If Albert or Monroe are signed, then "goodbye" to both Starks and Soliai. Aaron Donald is our #1 pick.

Z.Martin is a Top 20 prospect. Yet in Sam's imagination he falls to the second round.

Sam has never really ever had a grip on reality.


Rd 4- Caraun Reid, DT
Rd 5- James Hurst, RT
Rd 6- Storm Johnson, RB
Rd 7- Sean Parker, S

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | March 05, 2014 at 02:20 PM


Not bad and like your thinkng here but I don't believe there's anyway Hurst falls into Rd-5. I watched him plenty at N.C. given there a UM Conf. opponent and he's a gamer with serious athletic upside. He reminds me with his size of Sabastian Vollmer and he'll be gone in Rds-2 to 3. Caraun Reid athletically (6'2"/305 Pds) fits more with the 3/4 or TAMPA-2 DT Gap responsability after he adds a bit to his frame. We are a coventional 4/3 and need DT's that can collapse the pocket from inside. Bigger (size not weight) with more athletic range. USC's Uko seems the athletic inside presence to pair with Odrick. I also like Penn St. DT DaQuan Jones as a sleeper here or Cal's DeAndre Coleman whose also a swing DT/DE given I don't believe either Starks or Solia return at this point.

I got a hunch that Solia is headed to Pitt. to replace the inside presence they lost when Casey Hampton was done and can see Starks in S.F. as a 3/4 DE to pair with the aging J.Smith adding yet another rusher to their line on what will be another run or maybe even a re-union with the Coach who drafted him J.Fisher in St. Louis as a swing DT/DE in their 4/3. I believed the only way we kept one was with the FRANCHISE tag given the CAP increase off the new TV deal but with the team opting out we know Starks (after his greetings to his Coach last Yr.) is gone and Solia will get BANK from a 3/4 team looking for the plugger inside!

Nolan Carroll's "very cheap" right now. No urgency to axe him. He's insurance our 2013 rookie corners develop.

So please folks, stop crapping your pants over axing Carroll. He's our "backup" not "starting corner".

Also, with the "starting experience" he gained last season, he could develop into one of the league's best "slot corners". Sometimes, things that happen in a season(2013), happen for a better "longterm" reason.

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 05, 2014 at 01:52 PM

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Nolan Carroll is a "FREE AGENT" you degenerate quack.

D.Patterson is the one that will still be on the team next season you rambling idiot.

Your mother should've never sharted you out.

I don't want to say it, but I have a bad feeling Soliai if he walks might be going to New England.

sam.....what are you talking about?--aint a matter of "axing" Carroll because he's a FA.....he aint signed, he aint insurance as you say--cant axe what they dont have--follow?

Even if we sign a LT in free agency I still think we need more immediate help on the O-line so therefore...

* Sign and pay LT Monroe, Albert or Veldeheer
* Re-sign Bryant McKinnie and move him to RT

1st rd - OG Zack Martin (ND) / can play multiple line positions if needed
2nd rd - DT Dominique Easley (FLA) / we'll lose Starks to free agency
3rd rd - RB Andre Williams (BC) / 6'1" 227 lbs back is just what we need
4th rd - ILB Shayne Skov (STAN) / BEAST LINEBACKER -move Ellerbee to outside
5th rd - FB Jay Prosche (AUB) / BEAST BLOCKING BACK

To add to my point @3:11 I think that the team not FRANCHISING either DT means were committing to Odrick (and the 4/3) inside and will add help on the cheap and through the draft meaning it could be tough sledding for our D inside next Yr. We already know the DE rotation for 2014.

benz,

Axing = "Not Resigning"

No one's signing Carroll as "a starter". Unless, it's "slot corner". That will be his "highest fa value".

I would keep him as at "slot value". Those are my "bag of peanuts".


If Albert or Monroe are signed, then "goodbye" to both Starks and Soliai. Aaron Donald is our #1 pick.

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 05, 2014 at 03:01 PM

Whose taking the RT demotion?? The Ravens not FRANCHISING Monroe caught me Off-Guard and also helped the Dolphins a bit given they give suitors leverage against each other early in FA.

sure sam....axing in my, and everybodys world, means getting rid of something you have.....in yours, apparently, it means "not re-signing"--ok--and "why" do ""you" put""" q"u"otations" around most "of" "your" "phrases"? " " "
> "its weird"

I don't want to say it, but I have a bad feeling Soliai if he walks might be going to New England.

Posted by: CommonSense | March 05, 2014 at 03:13 PM

Only if they terminate Wilfork and by all accounts his recovery is going very well. A Pats team leader from the U that Wannstedt cheated us out of! His 10 Mil CAP # won't have the very crafty Bob Kraft (pun intended) signing another 8 to 9 Mil check on a DT.

Z.Martin is a Top 20 prospect. Yet in Sam's imagination he falls to the second round.

Sam has never really ever had a grip on reality.

Posted by: I feel sorry for your Mom | March 05, 2014 at 03:09 PM

WALTER CAMP


Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Height: 6-4. Weight: 304.
Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Hi Dashi, reality knocking:

Feeling sorry for your mom yet? LMAO!

fin4life, if his recovery goes great. Still thought Soliai won't be that expensive would be a great insurance policy or rotation to keep them both fresh.

Honestly think it would be a great move for them. Hope it doesn't happen.

Sam you sound a bit "Insecure".

LOLOLOL!!

Zach Martin projected to be a better NFL "OG" then "LT". It's only the "mock mess-perts" projecting us to take a better OG as LT.

Feel sorry for your mom, doesn't make it so. LMAO!

Sam is an Idiot.

Time to kiss the "BABY" goodnight.

SMMMMMMMMMMMMACK...................

Still lmao........

he will be with us for 2 years. his play will probably suffer after that and he will be gone. i hope they begin to groom somebody to take his place.

isnt it time Odrick, a 1st round pick, starts after all?

Zack Martin won't be available at 19, nor will Ebron or Lewan. I like Stephon Tuitt a lot. He'd replace either Soliai or Starks nicely and would be available at 19 or the early second round.

Whose taking the RT demotion?? The Ravens not FRANCHISING Monroe caught me Off-Guard and also helped the Dolphins a bit given they give suitors leverage against each other early in FA.

Posted by: fin4life | March 05, 2014 at 03:23 PM

If Albert or Monroe are signed, then "goodbye" to both Starks and Soliai. Aaron Donald is our #1 pick.

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 05, 2014 at 03:01 PM

You did notice Albert OR Monroe. "OR"?

Best Players that might be around at #19= Marqise Lee, C J Mosley, Calvin Pryor, Kelvin Benjamin, Aaron Donald

Ross is too cheap to spend the money to win. He just wants to pocket as much as possible. Winning is an afterthought.

If CJ Mosley is available at 19 (doubtful) and they don't take him then this team is LOST

Sam is either Stupid "OR" Retarded.

We get it. "YOU ARE WRONG EITHER WAY".


Honestly think it would be a great move for them. Hope it doesn't happen.

Posted by: CommonSense | March 05, 2014 at 03:30 PM

Not saying it wouldn't be a good move but think about it for a minute here. They went hybrid 3/4 - 4/3 lat Yr. when Wilfork and Mayo were lost. They both return and you have an emerging player in Jamie Collins to play the SAM which Mayo had to do by default because Brandon Spikes was a liability in pass coverage. They can now shift in and out keeping Hightower at OLB opposite Ninkovich with Chandler Jones going DE in the 3/4 or DT (as he did last Yr.) in the 4/3. In that scenario Randy Starks who can play both DE spots in the 3/4 (a luxury Belichik likes) is a more natural fit. I'd also add that we payed Solia over 12 Mil. in 2011 as our FRANCHISE player and this was the reason he gave us the hometown discount in 2012 but should command over 8 Mil per in the open market. Watch out for Rob Ryan and the Saints making this move or at least a play on Solia along with Pitt. looking to replace the retired Casey Hampton as more logical spots for a true 3/4 NT.

Is anyone surprised that Incognito is nuts?

If they take Cyrus Kouandijo then that pretty much would say everything I need to know about Hickey and his ability to draft quality players. That guy is going to be a fatter and more expensive john jerry

That draft simulator is pretty cool. But I agree it might not be too realistic as some players will most likely be off the board before certain Dolphin picks (i.e. Ebron at #19 in 1st round, Hyde at #81 in 3rd round, etc.).

Despite that, I simulated a draft with what they provided assuming the Dolphins made these moves in free agency: resigned Soliai but lost Starks (so need to draft a DT), resigned McKinnie and moved him to RT and signed Monroe or Albert at LT (shore up the tackle spots and use draft for guards), signed D'Qwell Jackson at MLB (moving Ellerbe to OLB), signed Louis Delmas at S (c-ya Clemons - Jimmy Wilson is a solid backup), AND finally either cutting or (hopefully) trading Matt Moore (causing a need to draft a QB in the mid-to-later rounds we can develop in case Tanny doesn't pan out over the next year or two) while renegotiating down Patterson's contract (both moves saving/adding cap space).

Given that I based my draft on the above, here is how my simulated draft turned out:

19 TE ERIC EBRON UNC
50 G XAVIER SU’A-FILO UCLA
81 RB CARLOS HYDE OHIO STATE
112 DT DAQUAN JONES PENN STATE
143 QB DAVID FALES SAN JOSE STATE
174 G JON HALAPIO FLORIDA
211 OLB DENICOS ALLEN MICHIGAN STATE

I'd be happy with those free agency moves and draft results. Thoughts from Mando's "peanut gallery"?

Lots of good very good WRs, deepest position in the Draft. Take your pick.

You can always count on Sam to say something stupid 4-5 times a day.

Oscar isn't that far behind. He has an excuse though. He comes from a long line of poo poo platter eaters. He can't help it.

unbelievable you all look and write like immature kids
STOP IT
your back and forth accusations make all of you look like morons
Please exhibit a bit more poise and refrain from the personal attacks
you only hurt yourselves and your opinions
Everyone has a right to share their opinions in this blog
and if they do and you don't like them you can just ignore them but no lower yourselves to insults
I know some of you are really very uneducated but we have to tolerate your opinions but not your insults

Remember there are 3 QBS and 3 LTs that will be taken top 10 as these positions are most in demand. That will push the rest of the Players down. Something good might fall to us at #19, who knows?


You did notice Albert OR Monroe. "OR"?

Posted by: SAM I AM | March 05, 2014 at 03:46 PM

Sorry Sam missed the "OR", I think the writing on the wall regarding the route were taking is already set. I believe your right and both DT's are gone, I think Randy's been gone since flipping off the sideline in Cleveland and Big Paul isn't a natural fit for what were trying to do as a 4/3 unit.

I think it's make or break time for Odrick (a natural 4/3 DT) to finally cement a spot and we add on the cheap while drafting. I really like the super athletic George Uko out of USC as an option in Rd-3 as well as Penn St.'s DaQuan Jones or Cal's DeAndre Coleman in Rd-4. I believe all can play and be solid out of a 4/3 alignment.

The interesting thing for me out of this draft is how Hickey (and Philbin who'll have his say here) see the top of the draft. Do they believe addressing the OL or interior DL is the way to go in terms of BA talent Rd-1?? There will be a group of Guards for us Rd-2 and don't believe it's addressed till then. You still remember whose been saying since the end of the Reg. Season that this was a very deep draft?

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