This morning, the Miami Dolphins took a step in solidifying their secondary with the re-signing of two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. As a result of the new deal, Grimes avoids the franchise tag that he probably wasn't going to get in the first place.
Grimes posted excellent numbers in Kevin Coyle's defense and had four interceptions and an exciting 92 yard interception for a touchdown return versus the Bengals.
Grimes' deal was first hinted at by Ian Rapoport, of the NFL Network and then ESPN's Josina Anderson followed up news of the deal with a quote from Brent Grimes and announced it would be a four year deal.
The contract details per ESPN are for ($32 million, 16 million guaranteed, or $8 million per year).
Said Grimes per Anderson via Twitter: "It's a four year deal. I wanted to be be back, but u (sic) never know in this business and when it worked out I was happy."
For now, the Dolphins have their guy in the fold for 2014. At this point, the Dolphins bring back a true leader in the locker room.
However, it's going to take some more creative efforts to find another cornerback opposite Grimes should the Dolphins move on from Philbin favorite Nolan Carroll. In addition, the Dolphins could offset this deal by cutting oft-injured Dimitri Patterson who is owed 4 million plus this season.
At this point, this much is clear, the Dolphins new GM Dennis Hickey and front office aren't dragging their collective feet and for Dolphins fans, bringing back Brent Grimes is just the start of more positive things to come this offseason.