The best remaining cornerback on the market is now off the board.
Adam Schefter reports Brent Grimes, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal consists of $5 million in base money, $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, a $2.25 signing bonus and $750,000 of the salary guaranteed.
Grimes missed the majority of last year after tearing his achilles in the first game of the season against the Chiefs. In 2011, Grimes started 12 games for the Falcons, recording one interception, one forced fumble and 29 passes defended. As a 27-year-old, Shippensburg alum enjoyed his best season in 2010, picking off five passes and notching 70 tackles.
Grimes joins a Dolphins secondary that features Richard Marshall, Nolan Carroll and Reshad Jones.
Mike Wallace is a very rich man. I know this seems like a very obvious statement considering the former Steeler signed a 5-year $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins (the deal included a $11 million signing bonus and $27 million in guaranteed money).
He has so much money that he could buy and sell my existence several million times over.
That said, according to Wallace’s dad, the 26-year old wide receiver could have pocketed even more cash if he had decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.
“The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, ‘You don’t have to live here, just be here during the season,’ ” Wallace’s father, Mike Jr., said by phone this week. “He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather.”
Well, I guess we learned today that sometimes money isn’t everything. We also learned that no sane human being would actively choose to live in Minnesota during the winter.
Hat-tip to the Miami Herald and PFT
The Miami Dolphins have been extremely active in free agency and they don’t appear to be content with their current haul.
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins are now seen as a viable option for veteran free agents thanks to the signings of Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe.
One of those players could be former Giants DE Osi Umenyiora. Salguero indicates the Dolphins have spent a considerable amount of time studying Umenyiora’s tape and called his agents to see if a fit was there.
The 31-year old has notched 26.5 sacks over the past three seasons and would likely be employed on the right side as star pass rusher Cam Wake occupies the left side.
According to ProFootballTalk, the St. Louis Rams have signed former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long to a four-year, $34 million contract.
Long, the first overall pick from the 2008 NFL draft, will make $8.5 million per season, with $16 million in guaranteed money.
The Dolphins reportedly made a strong push to keep Long, but in the end, the 4-time Pro Bowler decided that his future was with the Rams.
Elvis Dumervil’s agent has told the Miami Herald his client is interested in joining the Miami Dolphins.
Dumervil, a Miami native, was released by the Broncos after a fax machine snafu resulted, that stated the pass rusher would agree to a pay cut, in the required paperwork arriving minutes after the league imposed deadline.
Marty Magid, Dumervil’s agent, told the Herald’s Barry Jackson that a handful of teams have called about Dumervil and that he will reach out to teams that will fit his client’s skill set.
Jackson reports it would be tricky, but not impossible, for the Dolphins to sign Jake Long and Dumervil while still having money left over for the draft and other free agent needs.
UPDATE (6:09 p.m. ET, Mar. 14): Well, this took a bit of a turn. After a signing seemed like nearly a formality, Keller is leaving Miami without a contract, although the communication will continue.
The Miami Dolphins are continuing their spending ways by being on the verge of inking free agent tight end Dustin Keller to a deal. The former New York Jet is in Miami getting a physical and, pending a pass, will talk length and finances with the team.
Keller was drafted 30th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Jets and put up over 500 yards in each of his first four seasons in the league, peaking with a 65 catch, 815 yard performance in 2011. Last season, Keller was limited to eight games due to a pulled groin and high ankle sprain and finished with 317 yards and 2 touchdowns.
With the Vikings’ blockbuster trade of Percy Harvin on Monday, the team can now afford to go spending to fill their new receiving hole, and the Miami Dolphins believe the Vikings will try to do that spending on Mike Wallace.
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