The Miami Dolphins continue their aggressive approach to free agency as the team has signed cornerback Brent Grimes to a one year, $5.5 million deal with $3 million guaranteed.
After suffering a torn achillies tendon in last year's season opener, Grimes was struggling to find a new home before agreeing to terms with Miami. Before the injury, Grimes appeared in 44 of the last 48 games, recording 12 interceptions and 175 tackles.
The Dolphins now get the best remaining cornerback on the market and a player that has starter capabilities. Grimes, 29, instantly becomes the top cornerback on the Dolphins roster and fills the void left by Sean Smith who left in free agency.
This is another step forward in an already impressive offseason for General Manager Jeff Ireland. He stuck to his initial price with Grimes' health concerns in mind and ensured the contract does not put the team in a diffcult position in the future. In the case that Grimes isn't ready for the season, the Dolphins have the option to cut him and only pay $3 million of his total deal.
The signing won't affect the Dolphins draft strategy considering that they still need a cornerback opposite of Grimes. Its likely that the position will be addressed in the first two rounds however the signing gives the Dolphins more flexibility with the 12th overall pick.