The Dolphins added another piece to their 2013 roster Saturday, signing former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes to replace Sean Smith, who departed for Kansas City.
According to a source, Grimes signed a 1-year deal worth $5.5 million with $3 million guaranteed.
Grimes, who had spent all six of his NFL seasons with the Falcons, is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Week 1 last season. He said Saturday that his doctor told him his recovery time is six to eight months.
While Grimes likely won’t be able to participate with his teammates in spring practices, he should be healthy by the time training camp begins in late July.
“I am doing great. I don’t have any restrictions right now,” said Grimes, who turns 30 in July. “My workouts, if you look on the Internet, my wife is always putting up videos of me doing stuff.
“I look it as a challenge and I respond well to challenges, and I am 100 percent confident that I will be straight in no time.”
The move was lauded by many around the league Saturday, provided that Grimes can return to previous form. Grimes, who was undrafted when he came out of Division II Shippensburg College of Pennsylvania, has developed into one of the league’s better cornerbacks.
After playing in 2006 for NFL Europe’s Hamburg Sea Devils and spending the next two seasons as a core special teams player for the Falcons, Grimes started 36 games in 2009-11, compiling 12 interceptions and a forced fumble. He played last year under the franchise tag, and was supposed to earn a big contract this offseason in free agency before tearing his Achilles tendon.
Grimes (5-10, 183 pounds) chose the Dolphins over the Cleveland Browns and other suitors. He likely will start opposite Richard Marshall, with Nolan Carroll serving as the third cornerback. Dimitri Patterson, claimed off waivers from Cleveland late last season, could be in jeopardy of losing his roster spot.
“I picked Miami because I think they are building something great here, and I would love to be a part of it,” Grimes said. It seemed like a great opportunity and they stressed they wanted me here. That is always something that a person likes to hear.”