Grimes Might Come Off Wish ListFebruary 26th, 2012
Joe might have to remove one guy on his free-agent radar. That would be Brent Grimes, who was a killer for Atlanta against the Bucs in 2010, a Pro Bowl season for him.
While Grimes had knee surgery last year and missed time, including sitting out the Falcons-Giants playoff game, it seems Atlanta is convinced he’s fit and ready. ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas explained:
Speaking to a group of reporters at the scouting combine, Dimitroff said serious talks had begun with Grimes’ agents and said the Falcons “aren’t wasting time with our discussions.’’
The Falcons likely will have to pay big money to keep Grimes and they already have a lot tied up in Dunta Robinson, who signed a six-year, $57 million deal in 2010. But Grimes has emerged from an unsung and undersized player to become one of the league’s most athletic cornerbacks.
Grimes is one of those overachiever small-cornerback yet physical types that came out of NFL Europe of all places. He turns 29 this summer.
Looking at the money Yasinskas wrote about above, Joe wonders how Aqib Talib might welcome a mega-paid cornerback from the outside. Joe’s been thinking a lot about Talib of late. It’s a contract year for him and, if he can avoid a Texas penitentiary, lots of guys in contract years have a funny way of turning into choir boys and top performers.