Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dolphins' Brent Grimes: Achilles no longer an issue


Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland opened his wallet once again Saturday, signing free-agent cornerback Brent Grimes to a one-year contract reportedly worth $5.5 million.

Ireland has most recently begun scooping up talent from last year’s Injured Reserve list, giving the acquisitions a one-year shot to prove their worth. (photo: David Smith, Flickr)

He inked a deal with offensive lineman Lance Louis earlier this week after Louis missed the majority of 2012 with an ACL tear. Grimes was in the same boat, playing only one game last season after suffering an Achilles tear.

“As far as…I don’t have any restrictions right now,” Grimes, who also missed time in 2011 to a knee injury, told after the signing. “My workouts … if you look on the Internet, my wife is always putting up videos of me doing stuff (laughing).

"I am doing great. I am really encouraged by this rehab. 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.”

He fills a void left from Sean Smith’s departure to the Kansas City Chiefs and adds a solid, experienced defender in the backfield. The six-year vet tallied 13 interceptions and 222 tackles with the Atlanta Falcons.

Miami also somewhat recently signed former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller, who battled injuries all year last season, to a one-year "prove it" deal.

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