Well, the frenzy of free agency and the real start of the NFL off-season has begun, and Brent Grimes looks to be one of the earliest casualties for the Miami Dolphins.
According to unconfirmed team sources, Grimes is being released by the Dolphins after he refused to either restructure his contract or take a pay cut. The move will free up $6.5 million in cap space for Miami because Grimes was due $8 million in 2016 after signing a 4-year, $32 million contract in 2014.
Many saw this move as expected if Grimes refused to renegotiate. While his play, despite injury, was excellent in 2015, including a 4th Pro Bowl visit, the cap needs of the Dolphins necessitate some hard decisions. Between the highly vocal criticisms of Miko Grimes (Brent Grimes’ wife) and other options possibly being available, Miami seems to feel this is the best course for the team to take. Given the circumstances, they might not be wrong. At the same time as this move is being made, sources have also informed DSR that a deal between the Eagles and the Dolphins to trade CB Byron Maxwell for Oliver Vernon is “almost a done deal,” though no specifics of the deal are available at this time.
Now whether or not Maxwell can be a realistic replacement for Grimes is a matter of opinion, and only time will tell. However, no matter what you think of the moves, if you are a Miami Dolphins fan, then you have to appreciate what Brent Grimes has brought to the team during his time here. Please join us in wishing him the best as he moves on in his career. For most fans, he will be missed.