Brent Grimes turning his nose up at $2.61 million?

 

 

 

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) of the NFC, right, celebrates with Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) of the NFC after Grimes made an interception during the second quarter. AP

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) of the NFC, right, celebrates with Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) of the NFC after Grimes made an interception during the second quarter. AP

 

 

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons still have to secure restricted free agent Brent Grimes, who has a first-round tender. Another team has until Aug. 20 to make an offer to Grimes.

New Orleans guard Carl Nicks told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that having a first-round tender pretty much made him “radioactive.” He was in the same boat as Grimes and elected to snap up the $2.61 million and worry about the contract extension later.

Grimes has switched agents, dumping the agent he had when former Falcons scout  Bruce Plummer found him at Shippensburg and fought for him as an undrafted rookie free agent. After going to the Pro Bowl (after Charles Woodson and Green Bay advanced to the Super Bowl), he hired super-agents Ben Dogra and Tom Condon of CAA.

Grimes must be convinced that someone is going to make a long-term offer that’s better or he’d signed the tender and report to camp.

If Grimes gets an offer, the Falcons can elect to match or receive a first-round pick. The Falcons traded their first-round pick for next year in the Julio Jones deal. (I’m just guess that they’d take the first rounder.)

Under general manager Thomas Dimitroff the Falcons have established a clear track record of “taking care” of their own players. If Grimes accepts the tender, he’d likely be in the front of the line for a contract extension.

This raises a bunch of questions.

1. If Grimes gets an offer do you let him go and take the first rounder or do you match it?

2. Who’s the left corner if he leaves?

3. Do they have enough to make a play for Asante Samuel if Grimes gets an offer?

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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259 comments Add your comment

Alex

August 2nd, 2011
8:50 am

Pay the man already! However, a good plan b is to get A. Samuels.

DC Dirty Bird

August 2nd, 2011
8:53 am

This is an easy question to answer. You take the first rounder and find a veteran cornerback. Asante Samuel has the same deal as DRob essentially and thus costs too much.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 2nd, 2011
8:53 am

ALEX — SHOW HIM THE MONEY! *Jerry Mcgauire voice*?

Sam

August 2nd, 2011
8:58 am

How long until Grimes has to decide what to do if he wants to play football in the NFL this year?

Flo=Ri-Duh

August 2nd, 2011
9:00 am

Grimes has shown he can play – offer him three million and if he doesn’t sign take the draft choice.

hbtdawgs

August 2nd, 2011
9:03 am

use the no 1 for samuel

Brian F.

August 2nd, 2011
9:06 am

I’d rather have Asanti Samuel anyway you slice it. Let’s go get him.

Spud Webb

August 2nd, 2011
9:07 am

Do they have enough to make a play for Asante Samuel if Grimes gets an offer?
now that would be awesome

Mack1124

August 2nd, 2011
9:07 am

Hi D.

Questions:
Is he planning to sit out until 8/20/2011. Is he showing up and not practicing, just watching on the sideline? Who’s out there that we can get? Should Falcons follow the Giants playbook (using Snelling to sign Bradshaw) and start a rumor that they are interested in Asante and had discussions with Philly? I adore Grimes and ofter look at the video of his INT of Brees on MNF in New Orleans, but come on. The missing practice and not getting your body ready for football is crazy.

Larry

August 2nd, 2011
9:08 am

Take the first rounder!

We can find a more grateful midget than Grimes and his foul mouthed wife too!

Cool hand luke

August 2nd, 2011
9:11 am

Led, you dont normally look players look bad. This makes him sound like a jerk.

“Grimes has switched agents, dumping the agent he had when former Falcons scout Bruce Plummer found him at Shippensburg and fought for him as an undrafted rookie free agent. After going to the Pro Bowl (after Charles Woodson and Green Bay advanced to the Super Bowl), he hired super-agents Ben Dogra and Tom Condon of CAA.”

2 Points. You made it sound like he fired the agent who found him and hired SUPER AGENTS. Like we wouldnt do the same thing. Second point you made it sound like he was only in the pro bowl as a defult. Which to a point is true. But Pro Bowl is Pro Bowl.

My question is Grimes a bad guy?

Old Flatulent Dawg

August 2nd, 2011
9:12 am

Let him go…take Samuel anyday…use the 1st rounder next year to get a top outside LB or CB

Dirty Byrd

August 2nd, 2011
9:15 am

He will resign. Not a chance he is worth a team giving up a #1 pick in next yrs draft. I think Giants DE going thru same thing right now. Would be stunned to see Samuel in the Atl as we play them in wk 2.

chc4

August 2nd, 2011
9:15 am

Grimes has no leverage. He either signs the tender or doesn’t play. No way another team gives him a lucrative deal AND gives up a first rounder for him. The team is in the drivers seat here.

GT GRAD

August 2nd, 2011
9:15 am

Hope someone signs him and we get the 1st round pick!

If not, sign him for one year……..move him to nickle AND sign a solid veteran CB to start opposite of Dante (IF there are any solid veteran CB’s still available). He would be a STELLAR nickle CB!!!!!

If there are no capable veteran CB available; our options are limited and Grimes will be the starter for one more season. If this is the case, I am afraid opposing offenses will find ways to take advantage of Grimes this season……..od course, I certainly hope I am wrong and Grimes plays lights out all season!

Astro Joe

August 2nd, 2011
9:19 am

Would you take the first rounder if you couldn’t get Samuel? I’d prefer to keep Grimes as there is no certainty that Samuel would sign with the Falcons.

kwhitaker007

August 2nd, 2011
9:21 am

Grimes can’t practice until August 4th. He said on a radio show that he would sign the offer, but that was the hang-up.

Jayhay

August 2nd, 2011
9:25 am

I wouldn’t go too high on Grimes. $3 mil tops or take the first rounder. The body of work is basically just one year as a starter, so let’s not get out of control. He is always going to have trouble with taller/bigger receivers. The draft pick would be invaluable since we don’t have one. I wouldn’t go after Asante though. 3 years ago he got the highest defensive contract in the NFL, and is now asking for more. He’s a me first guy with a huge contract. We don’t need that. I’d rather them go after someone like Carlos Rogers, who is more than serviceable with for a much smaller price tag (and still available).

D man

August 2nd, 2011
9:26 am

I still need to see more from Grimes before I jump on his bandwagon. He is still getting beat too much to get top money. Yes, I know he made the pro bowl but that was mostly because of the teams success in my opinion.

B If he gets another offer, I say take the first round pick and pick up another free agent like Samuals.

gcs

August 2nd, 2011
9:28 am

There is no guarantee that the Falcons can get Asante Samuel. You have to go after Grimes but don’t go crazy. I am not sure how many teams can outbid Atlanta and still give up a #1 pick.

BTW, Samuel is 30 years old and missed 5 games with 2 different injuries last year (concussion, knee).

.

SirReal

August 2nd, 2011
9:30 am

D Led,
I like Grimes…but it seems his head is getting big. He needs ONE more good season like last year to show he’s the real deal. With that siad, if the Birds brass can make a move to get Samuel, i still think it would be an instant upgrade over our scrappy CB. I’d pull the trigger on a deal if we could. Do you see us even remotely thinking about that?

Brent

August 2nd, 2011
9:31 am

Yeah, he can’t practice till the 4th right? No need to sign before then right?

FalconsinPA

August 2nd, 2011
9:32 am

According to radio up here in Philly- Asante still has 2 years left on current contract- he told reporters he “wants to be where he is wanted” they then ask does he feel wanted? He said “50/50″

BULLDOGMANIAC

August 2nd, 2011
9:33 am

Grimes is NOT ALLOWED TO PRACTICE until Aug 4th under new CBA rules.
Give him a break. If he shows up then….no harm no foul. If he doesnt show up on the 4th then worry about it.

Joe 12-Pack

August 2nd, 2011
9:35 am

I think some of you don’t realize that Asante Samuel is NOT a free agent. Atlanta would have to make a trade to get him and that probably means giving up more draft picks of which the Falcons don’t have a 1st or 4th in 2012.

FalconsinPA

August 2nd, 2011
9:37 am

@ Joe 12 you are correct- still 2 years left on his current. He is a me first guy anyway- you may get one year out of the guy- they signed someone better and he is not the number 1 not happy- the trade they got somebody not quite as good but will be more affordable when they resign him- Asante is all about him-

Casey

August 2nd, 2011
9:40 am

He probably had the best year that he’ll ever have! Definitely do not overpay for him! Take the first rounder! Trade Mike Peterson for Asante! The Eagles need LB’s, we need Corners..

michael

August 2nd, 2011
9:41 am

Let him walk and bring in eric wright instead.

DawgRed24

August 2nd, 2011
9:41 am

Why is his head getting big when he is asking for market value? Look guys, I know we all sit here and say “sign! Take a discount”….that’s such crap. No one on this board is going to their job for significantly less than the guy next to them doing the same job. And don’t start with the millions thing…it is completely relative to the situation. The facts are that Grimes has until the 4th to sign. The 1st round tender keeps him closer to signing with the Falcons. Samuel is both very, very expensive (especially the 2 seasons after this one) and a locker room headcase. There is also no guarantee that we can trade for him. So stop with the Fantasy Football trading, and the assumption that we can go get him. The reality is that we need Grimes as much (or more) than we need him. And asking for market value isn’t unreasonable. If organizations say “it is a business”, players can too. This isn’t middle school, “rah-rah, do it for the team” football. It is “professional” football.

DawgRed24

August 2nd, 2011
9:43 am

Meant to say “we need Grimes as much (or more) than he needs us”…

Falcon Fan

August 2nd, 2011
9:43 am

TD will get one are the other..Bet on it.

Beef

August 2nd, 2011
9:45 am

Way to make Grimes look bad D.Led. Way to be a jerk.

He’s already done a radio interview where he said he will be at TC on the 4th. That he will sign his tender if nobody has made an offer and simply re-negotiate his contract later in the season after game 10 when it does not go on this year’s cap and the cap-hit goes to 2012. And if somebody does make an offer, he thinks the Falcons will simply match it, but if not, he’s fine with the tender amount.

You really put a negative slant on this and it was uncalled for. I hope karma bites you in the a** this week. You deserve it.

Beef

August 2nd, 2011
9:48 am

Grimes can’t even practice in training camp until Thurs. the 4th. There’s no reason for him to sign the tender early and stand around twiddling his thumbs.

You should have mentioned the radio interview and these other details so you didn’t make him look like he’s being ungrateful. This was total bush-league on your part.

Greg

August 2nd, 2011
9:50 am

Dirty Byrd and Jayhay (and others) are right on it: No one’s gonna pay Grimes the big money AND give up a #1. Period. If someone IS foolish enough to do that (in an era when everyone’s looking for TALL corners!), the Falcons will pull a long face, and wish Brent the best, but privately they will be elated. We gave up too much for Jones and could really use the #1. But trust me, Grimes will be back.

RonnieMackATL

August 2nd, 2011
9:50 am

Wow. “Trade Mike Peterson for Asante”. Yeah. That seems like something the Eagles are going to do. Grimes will show up on the 4th, take the $2.61 and will see what kind of year he is going to have. I’d prefer a bigger and better corner than Grimes too, but, it’s not going to happen.

RTR

August 2nd, 2011
9:51 am

Bush league D-Led… Why can’t a quality player have quality representation? Your trying to make him look bad and we all know hes a good guy…..

Reid Adair

August 2nd, 2011
9:52 am

I have no doubt that Brent Grimes will be an Atlanta Falcon; all of this will get worked out. Frankly, this article seems to cast Grimes in a very negative light with all speculation and no comments from Grimes or his agent.

O'Brien

August 2nd, 2011
9:55 am

I like Grimes, and I hope we keep him. But Am I the only one surprised that Grimes signed with a superagent (Tom Condon)?

Even if he gets an extension, what kind of yearly salary is he looking at? $4 mil?

Fan

August 2nd, 2011
9:55 am

He is out of Atlanta Fans.. We will sign another Corner Back like Samuel and Franks will be our nickel back.. Franks is INTs passes all all camp .. He is fighting for a job out there not home like Grimes crying . Atlanta Falcons gave Grimes a chance when no other team would. I know this is a business but he is worth what they ofter him and no more. TD and Mr. Blank have been fair too all of their players. If he keeps doing what Grimes is doing his career is over. This is why: No other teams will start Grimes at all and his size is a disadvantage too Grimes. There is no team out there that will give a first rounder for Grimes. Now, the Giants might do a trade for Osi and Grimes. Grimes need too stop the agent from making the choice and his needs too unless he is done as a starter in this league

Bozo

August 2nd, 2011
9:55 am

Grimes is a high character guy. He has fought his way from undrafted free agent to NFL Europe to practice squad to pro-bowler. He’s entering his prime. I’d say keep him and pay him. It would be hard to turn down a prospective low first round pick, however. But who would be our second CB? That question needs to be answered before we even consider letting him go. I’d be really sad to see him go. He’s probably my favorite Falcon.

falcons relax

August 2nd, 2011
9:56 am

What fans have to rememberis grimes is young. Hes like 26. Hopefully grimes still has upside. I want another year like last year to see if hes consistent before throwing him the money. If he has a good year again then resign. But grimes at this point should stay on the team

Bozo

August 2nd, 2011
9:56 am

By the way. He’s in excellent shape. He’s been working all off season.

Eugene

August 2nd, 2011
9:56 am

I wonder just how long Grimes will hold up physically. I think he is an exceptional Cornerback. However, I believe he could easily suffered an injury that will impair his ability to cover Receivers that are fast and big. I think the best move for the Falcons would be to get a quality back up Cornerback just in case, especially given the crop of young Receivers that are just coming into the league. .

ATLol

August 2nd, 2011
9:57 am

Cool hand luke is right. (Beef states it a little strongly, I agree with him, not sure about the a** part) .

My question is basically the same as CHL – is there something about Grimes that is counterproductive for the Falcons? I have aways been a big fan of Grimes, and totally did not understand why anybody had any negative reaction to him. It has always been clear to me he is one of the better corners in Falcons history. Is there something else we dont know D.Led?

Mocking your Mock

August 2nd, 2011
10:02 am

has he grown since last season?

Just kidding. A Pro Bowl cornerback at $2.6 million is a STEAL people.

welikebaseball2

August 2nd, 2011
10:04 am

So, we’re at a point in our secondary where we can let a Pro Bowl CB go…with no guarantee of landing the Samuel you guys clamor for? Okay, if we let Grimes go & we can’t execute a trade for Samuel & Owens becomes the starting CB…I don’t want to hear you guys complaining.

And someone said Grimes made the Pro Bowl because of “team success.” Seriously? So, the passes defended & picks (even the pick in the Pro Bowl) are TEAM stats? No matter how you slice it, that was all Grimes. Anyone with any football sense or objectivity knows that.

Larry

August 2nd, 2011
10:05 am

Why can’t he practice until the 4th? I thought date was for signed, unrestrictive free agents from another team unless the CBA ratification occurs sooner (today or tomorrow)?

Are Clabo and Blalock practicing before the 4th?

dogegoneit

August 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

Grimes is a playmaker! Enough said

bedwetter

August 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

DLed, Why hating so much on Grimes. What did he do to you man

Foxdog

August 2nd, 2011
10:11 am

Depends on where the pick would be projected in round 1. Green Bay, New England, maybe not…Buffalo, Carolina… yes.