Dolphins bailed on Brent Grimes, who is looking for revenge Sunday

Brent Grimes: 34 years old and still good. (AP)

DAVIE—The Dolphins might have bailed on cornerback Brent Grimes a little too early, and he’s one of the main problems they’ll deal with on Tampa Bay’s defense Sunday.

Grimes, who turned 34 before the season started, has had a solid two years with the Buccaneers since Miami released him. The four-time Pro Bowler has two interceptions, six passes defensed and 27 tackles in six starts for Tampa Bay this season. Pro Football Focus ranks him the No. 60 corner in the NFL, and the only Dolphin ahead of him is Bobby McCain at 54th.

“He does a good job and makes it really, really tough on the quarterback,” coach Adam Gase said. “The thing he does best is he makes quarterbacks feel like somebody is open. That’s why you see guys throw the ball at him and all of a sudden he has the ball.

“It happened last game (against the Jets)… I’m pretty sure almost every quarterback would’ve thrown that ball… He does that consistently. He makes it tough because you think a guy is open.”

Grimes has made an excellent career for himself after going undrafted out of Shippensburg University in 2006. The Dolphins gambled on him after he tore his Achilles in 2012, and he rewarded them with three Pro Bowl seasons.

From 2013 through ’15, Grimes played 47 of a possible 48 games and totaled 13 interceptions, two touchdowns, 43 pass breakups, a forced fumble and 142 tackles.

“A guy like that who made so any great plays for us when he was here, yeah, it was a little tough to see a guy like that leave the building,” safety Reshad Jones said this week. “Man, he’s 34 but he still plays like he’s 18. He’s still got a lot of ball left in him, and I’m glad to see he’s still doing well.”

Grimes’ run with the Dolphins is remembered as much for controversies as it was for his stellar play, however. His wife, Miko, shredded quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Twitter and was arrested for disorderly conduct at a game (charges were dropped). She also made remarks about team executives that were widely criticized for being anti-Semitic.

She told Sports Illustrated this year her goal was to get her husband cut in 2016. That worked, and Grimes went on to sign a two-year deal with Tampa Bay worth up to $16 million prior to last season.

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No one enjoyed Dolphins’ playoff loss more than Miko Grimes

Grimes a Dolphins game in 2014. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)
Grimes a Dolphins game in 2014. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

PITTSBURGH–As much as the Dolphins might want to, it’s going to be a while before they fully extract themselves from their association with Miko Grimes.

Maybe forever.

Grimes is still keeping tabs on the Dolphins even though her husband, former Miami corner Brent Grimes, now plays for the Buccaneers. She had a field day with the team’s loss to Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs Sunday:
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Miko Grimes uses anti-Semitic language to take shot at Miami Dolphins management

Miko Grimes celebrates after her husband Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) gave her the ball he intercepted and returned for a touchdown in the third quarter at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on October 26, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miko Grimes celebrates after her husband Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) gave her the ball he intercepted and returned for a touchdown in the third quarter at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on October 26, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miko Grimes is back in the news.

The wife of former Dolphins and current Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes used anti-Semitic language that she later tried to clarify to criticize the Dolphins front office on Monday. Continue reading “Miko Grimes uses anti-Semitic language to take shot at Miami Dolphins management”

Bucs adding Grimes for $16.5 million (with incentives) over 2 years

Brent Grimes (right) will become property of the Bucs.
Brent Grimes (right) will become property of the Bucs.

The Tampa Bay Bucs are willing to take on something the Dolphins are not.

Word out of Tampa on Friday afternoon is that the Bucs are going to sign ex-Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.

Grimes was waived by the Dolphins after refusing to accept a pay cut. He declined to restructure a four-year, $32 million deal he signed in 2014.

NFL Network reports Grimes will receive a two-year deal worth $13.5 million that could balloon to $16.5 million with incentives. In Miami he was to earn $7.97 base, $9.5 million against the cap in 2016 and in 2017 would have received $6.97 million base, $8.5 million against the cap.

Cutting Grimes, whose play slipped in 2015, saved the organization $6.5 million. He was essentially replaced by Byron Maxwell, obtained with linebacker Kiko Alonso via trade with the Eagles.

By adding Grimes, the Bucs also now are linked with his very outspoken and controversial wife, Miko.

In the “read what you like into this” category: Her Twitter account has been deleted.

Brent Grimes added to Pro Bowl, giving Dolphins five selections

Brent Grimes (right) will be going to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.
Brent Grimes (right) will be going to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.

The Dolphins can now claim to have five Pro Bowl players thanks in part to Denver’s victory over New England in the AFC title game.

Cornerback Brent Grimes was added to replace Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, who instead will play in the Super Bowl against Carolina on Feb. 7.

Grimes will join safety Reshad Jones, offensive tackle Branden Albert and receiver Jarvis Landry in Hawaii for Sunday’s game. Center Mike Pouncey, who also was chosen, will miss the game with an injury.

Grimes has made the Pro Bowl each of three seasons with the Dolphins. This season, he had 42 tackles, four interceptions and 14 passes defensed.

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The Dolphins have major decisions to make with impending free agents and players who might be too costly to keep. Here’s a look at every player who finished the season on the 53-man roster (or injured reserve or the suspension list) with beat writer Andrew Abramson’s prediction for whether or not he will remain on the team in 2016.

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Boston sports talk radio mocks ‘Dolphin dysfunction’

Miko Grimes criticized Ryan Tannehill on Twitter, saying the locker room 'hated' the QB.
Miko Grimes criticized Ryan Tannehill on Twitter, saying the locker room ‘hates’ the QB.

The Dolphins thought they were defusing a touchy situation Wednesday by having Ryan Tannehill and Brent Grimes address controversial comments made by Grimes’ wife about Tannehill.

The team wound up being the butt of jokes on Boston sports-talk radio, which replayed Grimes’ session with the media, during which teammates are heard making light of the situation by hooting and hollering.

One player is heard yelling, “Plead the fifth!” twice. (A portion of the interview, including that remark, can be heard here:  .)

‘It is really a you-know-what show down in Miami and South Florida,” host Mike Petraglia said on Boston’s WEEI. “I really makes you appreciate what you have here, huh?”

The station posted a replay of Petraglia’s show online under the headline, “Dolphin dysfunction reminds New England fans of greatness of Patriot Way.”

As Grimes began to speak, one teammate joked, “I’m here so I won’t get fined,” as if egging on Grimes to resort to a tactic used by media-shy Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks at the Super Bowl. The interview initially was posted on the Dolphins’ site, then taken down.

That wasn’t the extent of the circus atmosphere. During Tannehill’s session with reporters, defensive end Damontre Moore, who like Tannehill attended Texas A&M, took a microphone from Sun-Sentinel reporter Chris Perkins and pretended to be a reporter himself, asking Tannehill if he felt “blessed and fortunate … to have a beautiful specimen like myself as a teammate.”

“No,” Tannehill responded.

One Dolphin fan e-mailed The Post from New England, writing, “Clearly this whole thing is a big joke to not an insignificant portion of players.

“Just absurd.  Grossly unprofessional, childish, and I can’t put exactly into words what it sounded like other than a giant clown show full of players that don’t care about winning or hold themselves to a high standard.”

Grimes apologizes to Tannehill, says Miko’s opinions are not his

Miko Grimes criticized Ryan Tannehill on Twitter, saying the locker room 'hated' the QB.
Miko Grimes criticized Ryan Tannehill on Twitter, saying the locker room ‘hated’ the QB.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Wednesday that cornerback Brent Grimes apologized for comments his wife, Miko, made on Twitter as the Dolphins tried to diffuse a potentially divisive situation in the locker room.

“He came up to me and apologized for the whole incident,” Tannehill said.

Tannehill said it’s “business as usual” between himself and Grimes moving forward.

Although Grimes delivered the apology, he told reporters he was unaware of specifics of what his wife had tweeted. Nonetheless, he tried to distance himself from those remarks.

“I’ve said this plenty of times: My wife is my wife,” Grimes said. “She talks, that’s what she says. We don’t speak the same thing. That’s her opinion.”

Grimes revealed that this week wasn’t the first time he extended an olive branch toward his quarterback.

“I told him this before,” Grimes said. “We had lunch early in the season. Somebody asked me this question and my wife’s opinions are her opinions. It’s not my opinions. I really don’t understand it — don’t understand why you ask me about my wife’s opinions. It’s not mine.”

Miko had tweeted that the locker room “hates” Tannehill and sharply criticized his ability.

“I feel I have support,” Tannehill said. “I know you can ask around and gather your own opinion but I feel confident about the support I have and the guys are behind me.”

Although the tweets raise questions of whether Brent shares Miko’s opinions, Brent said that’s not the case.

“He’s our quarterback,” Grimes siad. “He does what he has to do, and that’s the guy we go out with every Sunday. And that’s my guy. That’s my teammate.”

The situation created a circus atmosphere in the locker room. As Tannehill spoke to reporters, defensive end Damontre Moore, who also attended Texas A&M, attempted to make light of the situation by taking a reporter’s microphone and asking the quarterback if he felt “blessed and fortunate … to have a beautiful specimen like myself as a teammate?”

“No,” Tannehill said.

The Dolphins posted the video of Grimes’ interview session almost immediately, then took it off their site. As Grimes spoke, players near his locker loudly hooted and hollered, with one telling him he should plead the fifth.

Speaking of noise, Tannehill took issue with a question that this time, the “noise” wasn’t coming from outside the locker room, but inside, since it was from a teammate’s wife.

“It’s as outside as outside can get,” he said.

Grimes denied the incident has caused a distraction in the locker room.

“It creates a distraction to you guys,” Grimes told reporters. “You could see, I don’t have a problem in the locker room, so if it’s a distraction to you guys, if that’s your perception, that doesn’t mean your perception is the reality.”

But it is a distraction in the locker room, Tannehill said.

“Honestly, at this point, you know, I’ve heard what she said and I don’t really want to give it the time of day,” Tannehill said. “It doesn’t affect what I think about myself, the way I go about my business and prepare to win games.

“So the saddest part about the whole thing is we have to answer questions about it and it’s becoming a distraction to myself and this organization, this team.”