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Dolphins Sign CB Brent Grimes

By Shaun Koh



The Dolphins hope CB Brent Grimes can bolster their defensive backfield. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images.
The Dolphins hope CB Brent Grimes can bolster their defensive backfield. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images.

The Miami Dolphins have signed cornerback Brent Grimes, the team announced.

"We are very excited that we were able to reach an agreement with Brent,” said Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland. “His experience and history of play making production will add a great deal to our secondary."

The 5-10, 183-pound Grimes joins Miami after spending the last six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2007-12), where he played in 59 games with 43 starts. He has notched 205 tackles, 13 interceptions and 56 passes defensed in his career. He was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons on May 16, 2006. Grimes was also a 2010 Pro Bowl selection.

“It seemed like a great opportunity and they stressed they wanted me here," Grimes said."That is always something that a person likes to hear.Jeff Ireland, the head coach Joe Philbin and the defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and the DB coach were all in contact with me and telling me that they really wanted me here and I can be a big part on what they are trying to do. That played a major role in me deciding to come to Miami.”

Grimes played in 43 games for the Shippensburg Red Raiders and amassed 140 tackles in addition to setting school records with 38 career passes defensed and 27 interceptions, which was also a conference record. He holds the Shippensburg all-time mark with 82 punt returns for 1,126 yards and ranks fourth all-time in school annals with 1,183 yards on 45 kickoff returns with three returns for touchdowns.

Grimes earned first-team All-America honors as a junior and senior in addition to being named to the second-team as a sophomore.

Born July 19, 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Grimes attended Northeast High School.