The Dolphins got Grimes at a bargain when they signed him to a one-year, $5 million contract. Grimes missed nearly all of last season with an Achilles injury and had to prove his durability.
Grimes not only met expectations as Miami's No. 1 corner, he exceeded them. He played in all 16 games, tied for the team lead with four interceptions and earned his second career Pro Bowl bid.
Grimes certainly has more leverage against Miami in 2014. He is interested in returning to the Dolphins but won't come cheap.
“I like it here. I like the coaches, I like the players and it's a good team,” Grimes told ESPN.com's Dolphins page after Sunday's loss to the New York Jets. “Obviously, we didn't finish how we wanted to and close out the season well. But I just let my agents handle everything. If [the Dolphins] want to keep me here, they'll see how it goes.”
Grimes admits the offseason “is a business” and he's not sure what his future holds. Grimes, 30, will certainly get plenty of interest if he hits the open market. But the Dolphins have options.
For starters, Miami can negotiate with Grimes before other teams. The Dolphins can reach an extension with Grimes before free agency begins in March. Miami also has the flexibility to use the one-year franchise tag on Grimes.
Either way, bringing Grimes back to Miami next year appears to be a no-brainer. He was among Miami's most well-liked players in the locker room and most productive on the field. Grimes also was one of four Dolphins players to make the Pro Bowl.
“That's definitely a good personal accomplishment,” Grimes said. “But I would have liked to have more of a team thing, to go to the playoffs. It didn't work out for us.”