The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed cornerback Brent Grimes, according to Rick Stroud. The four-time Pro Bowl cornerback was cut by the Miami Dolphins, reportedly in part because of his wife Miko Grimes' social media presence --- but she appears to have taken her Twitter account offline. According to Rand Getlin, it's a two-year, $16.5 million deal, but Ian Rapoport notes it's $13.5 million without incentives.
Grimes is a four-time Pro Bowler, and he's made the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons. He played for the Atlanta Falcons for six years before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2013, and five of those years he played under Mike Smith -- currently the Bucs' defensive coordinator.
Grimes is a diminutive but highly athletic cornerbacks who can play both zone and man coverage well, and has a knack for out-jumping receivers and coming down with the ball. With 26 career interceptions and 13 over the past three years, he should bring some playmaking ability to the Bucs' cornerback group.
Grimes' salary suggests he starts, which is bad news for either Alterraun Verner or Johnthan Banks, who were expected to start this season. Verner's disappointed the past few seasons and could be cut as a result of this signing, though the Buccaneers are hopeful he returns to form under his old defensive backs coach this season. Verner and Grimes are both capable slot cornerbacks, though Banks may struggle in that role.
At 33, Grimes is far from a long-term solution. But he'll help bolster an inconsistent secondary for at least a year or two.