Another NFL week started with one more top free agent being taken off the market before other teams had a chance to make him an offer.
The team had the option to give Grimes the franchise tag before the deadline at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, but the two sides hammered out a deal to avoid that.
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Grimes, who spent his first six seasons in Atlanta before coming over to Miami, had a fantastic 2013 season. He was Pro Football Focus' second-ranked cornerback, behind Tampa Bay's Darrelle Revis. In a league that loves passing the ball, a cornerback with Grimes' ability would have been a hot commodity in free agency.
The Dolphins have some holes to fill this offseason, but at least they don't have to worry about their No. 1 cornerback spot.
Meanwhile, after a flurry of signings late last week and Grimes' signing on Monday, the NFL free-agent market is a little weaker. That's good news for the players who will hit the market on March 11, especially with the salary cap going up about $10 million from last year.
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