Is Cody Grimm An Endangered Species?

May 11th, 2013

Joe knows there are quite a few Cody Grimm fans out there. What’s not to like? The guy is a hard worker and a helluva tackler.

That is, when he can play.

Grimm has logged more games on the sidelines than he has one the field, most of his injuries have been leg injuries, which do not help a guy who isn’t exactly fleet of feet.

This led to a Bucs fan asking about the job security of Grimm on a recent NFC South chat with ESPN.

jeff (upstate NY)

With the upgrades the Bucs made in the secondary this offseason, have we seen the last of Cody Grimm and Leonard Johnson in Tampa? I think both those guys could be pretty good if given more playing time…

Pat Yasinskas

Grimm took a pay cut just to stay with them. I’d say he’s a long shot. I think Johnson has a chance to stick as a fourth or fifth CB and special-teams guy.

Joe is of the mind Grimm’s status is on razor thin ice. It’s nothing against him; injuries and an upgrade to the roster have painted Grimm in an unfortunate corner.

But there is something else that is very telling to Joe about Grimm’s chances of remaining with the squad.

Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is fantastic on radio, but with a drawback. Dominik has a nasty habit of rattling off the complete roster of players at a certain position, which to radio producers is enough to hit the dump button. Nobody in the listening audience outside of family members gives a damn about a third- or fourth-string player and it often results in listeners bailing on said interview quickly.

Dominik, on SiriusXM NFL Radio recently, even worked in an Adam Weber reference, which nearly caused Joe to fall out of his chair.

Joe has heard Dominik mention backup safeties Ahmad Black and Keith Tandy lately but not Grimm.

That right there should tell Bucs fans something.

18 Responses to “Is Cody Grimm An Endangered Species?”

  1. Edward Meehan Says:

    A guy with great instincts, too bad he had the leg injuries. He may still make it as a special teams player, however in the long run he will end up a coach and then a head coach as he has a great understanding of the game.

  2. the_buc_realist Says:

    A Pop-star second or third day draft pick not making the team,,,,, shocking

  3. BucfaninMi Says:

    I honestly thought he was already gone. i am glad they still have Weber i think he might be good,he played good on a crappy college team.

  4. Brandon Says:

    Three seasons and several starts, like Sammie Stroughter, Grimm was/is a late round gem. Like Stroughter he will be gone this season. Hopefully, he has a chance to catch on somewhere else. The Redskins still have questions at the safety position and it seemed like Raheem liked Grimm. With Cody’s dad, Russ, being a long-time Redskin and Cody growing up in nearby Centreville, I think it is only a matter of time before he resurfaces on the Redskins roster.

  5. berserker Says:

    Leonard Johnson needs to stay

  6. biff barker Says:

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The media and us minions are going to dissect everything said anyway.
    As for Grimm, spell long shot .

  7. BrianDorry55 Says:

    I’m a big Cody Grimm believer…but this story isn’t exactly relevant because the guy damn near got cut last preseason. Now if Tandy or Black suffer an injury in the offseason, then Grimm would probably stick around…

    Now on the Leonard Johnson front, I’ll lose my god damn mind if they cut him…seeing as he’s better than Eric Wright…Johnson has a bright future and there is absolutely no reason that he shouldn’t be here in 2013 and beyond.

  8. lightningbuc Says:

    I’m with Dorry55 and Berserker. I don’t know how Yakyak can say Johnson “has a chance”. To me, he’s #4 CB right now, meaning he’s a lock for the team.

  9. stevek Says:

    Cody Grimm >> MYron Lewis.

    Hopefully Lewis is an even further endangered species over Grimm.

  10. RCS Says:

    Johnson is #3 CB to me. Played really well for a rookie will only get better. And a healthy Gaitor is a huge plus

  11. 76buc76 Says:

    If the ref’s didn’t blow the call on Romo’s fumble. Eric Wright would have had a scope and score. Which probably would have been enough to win the tight game. Coupled with his pick 6 the week before vs the Giant’s. He doesn’t make 7.5 Million anymore so why does everybody ride this guy. I’ll walk the plank and make a bold prediction. Eric Wright will have a huge year. 7 Int’s he will come to the reliezation that this is his last chance. He’s a father now and and approching 30. 2 major milestones for a boy to become a man. I know this guy has squandered all that talent. He had shown his first couple of season’s. But much like the Freeman situation. If your a Buc’s fan but not a believer in Free. You want to be wrong and have Free lead us to the Bowl. It’s funny everybody loves Johnson, eventhou we all watched him get burnt time after time after time. Johnson has potential but he is not getting any faster and his arm’s have stoped growing. Bank’s and Johnson are slower corner’s. The big difference being Bank’s length. If a step behind in coverage Bank’s can knock it down but Johnson is dead in the water in a chase position.

  12. lowlife Says:

    Grimm had a pretty good season but those injuries made him pensive and a little soft. Like Brandon said, he’s almost destined to be a Redskin sooner rather than later.

  13. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I know this might irk fans of the underdog, but I think Grimm, Johnson and Gaitor might be gone before the season starts.

    Grimm for obvious reasons of just not having enough talent on a much-improved roster. Johnson because he’s actually the slowest of all the CB’s on the current roster. Gaitor because I’ve read reports that he’s having a very difficult time learning the defense, sort of like an Arrelious Benn except on the defensive side of the ball.

    I honestly think the following guys will end up being on the final roster: Revis, Wright, Banks, Gorrer and Melvin. If they keep six CB’s like last season then I see the final spot being a battle between Johnson, Gaitor and Carr. Myron Lewis and Branden Smith are goners for sure.

  14. PRBucFan Says:

    Grimm had a special run and had he not got hurt Grimm was tearing it up when he was starting.

    I really hope he gets another shot but IMO Joe hit it right on the head. I have heard Dom reference Tandy lately but not Grimm.

  15. Andrew 1 Says:

    he was good when he got his shot, but with everything thats happened like his injuries/our uprgrades he is destined to be a back up from this point on in his career. whether thats with us or not remains to be seen. Im leaning towards not.

  16. Bucsalltheway Says:

    You guys are all wrong! Quincy blacks void has yet to be filled why not go in house with a guy like Grimm to slide back down In the box and play linebacker like he did at vt. That’s just my opinion I think he’s definitely better than Casillas lol but that would be a battle Hayward,Watson, and Grimm for the linebacker vacancy…anyone else agree with my theory?

  17. Buc'It Says:


    Absolutely not. Grimm is like 210lbs even a bad RT can put him on his back in run downs. The Jermaine Phillips experiment was a fail and he was a SS pushing 230lbs.

  18. Tom Says:

    To idiots like the “realist” who are actually unaware of “reality”, I will point out that Grimm was a 7th round pick, which is a far cry from a 2nd day pick. In fact, putting together “2nd or 3rd day pick” like they are somehow the same is like say ‘an Infinity or a Geo Metro’, yes there is a difference. Unless you honestly can’t guess whether Johnthan Banks or Mike James will have a better career.

    Any time you can get a 7th rounder to start effectively for you, even if it’s for a year, you succeeded with the pick. So to Cody Grimm, who is probably near the end of his Bucs life, he can walk away knowing that he did what few 7th rounders will ever do, start for an NFL team, and play well.