Prior to the the month of April, Jeff Ireland and his staff looked out and beyond for a difference maker on defense. After already signing Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler early during free-agency, Ireland searched high and low for his replacement of losing Sean Smith and finding a crafty, but talented veteran. Enter Brent Grimes, open, willing, and available to sign anytime. Once the Dolphins had established exactly what they would do in the 2013 draft, they realized they needed to find the best play making cornerback that was available to make the Dolphins better versus the pass after finishing 27th on defense a year ago.
However, there was just one problem, not only would Grimes cost the Dolphins 5 million dollars, he was hobbled by a torn achilles injury from the 2012 season as an Atlanta Falcon and carried some red flags because of his injury.
Despite the injury, the Dolphins paid up and found themselves an aggressive lock down corner type of player with quickness in his back pedal, great hands, and ability to read the quarterbacks eyes. Grimes, for the Dolphins would be quite an acquisition provided he was healthy.
Entering training camp, much of the interest was seeing Dolphins corner back Richard Marshall back on the field after a back injury kept him off of it. Fans wanted to see Marshall be the player he was brought in to be. However, Grimes continued to impress as he looked not only healthy from his injury, but even had a bounce and an incredible vertical jump in his step.no comments