BRENT GRIMES AND TYSON CLABO TO FACE FORMER TEAM IN DOLPHINS HOME OPENER

It’s starting to look like Brent Grimes may be the steal of the 2013 free agent class.  The Dolphins took a calculated risk when they signed Grimes as a free-agent to a one-year, $5.5 million contract ($3 million guaranteed) on March 30, 2013.  Grimes was a 2010 Pro-Bowl player that suffered a torn Achilles heel tendon in week 1 in 2012 that forced him to sit out the entire season. Jeff Ireland’s gamble may turn out to be the most significant addition of the off this off season. If Grimes can stay healthy the entire 2013 season, he will be a legitimate candidate to return to the Pro Bowl.  And that is something that will greatly benefit the Dolphin’s chances of making the playoffs this year. 

"They really wanted me here and felt like I could be a big part of what they wanted to do," Grimes said during a conference call, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly. "I'm a great play maker. I play the ball in the air very well. They wanted me here because of my ability to make plays."

"We are happy that we have reached an agreement with Brent," Ireland said in a statement after he was signed earlier in March. "He will be a great addition to the secondary both on the field and in the meeting room." 

Brent Grimes has been in the league since 2006 when he was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg College. Grimes played in 2006 for the Hamburg Sea Devils where he won the World Bowl Championship before making the Falcons’ active roster in 2007.  Used primarily as a special teams player for the first two years, Grimes had his breakout season in 2009 as a starting corner back picking off six interceptions to go along with his 66 tackles.  He made the 2010 Pro Bowl squad after finishing the season with 87 tackles and adding another five interceptions to his resume.  His 2011 season was marred by injuries, and he only played in one game in 2012 before a season ending Achilles tear put him on IR for the year.

Here is a rundown of Grimes’ NFL career stats:


Tackles

Interceptions
Year
Team
G
Comb
Total
Ast
Sck
SFTY
PDef
Int
TDs
Yds
Avg
Lng
2013
2
7
6
1
0.0
--
4
1
0
0
0.0
0

2012
1
6
6
0
0.0
--
0
--
--
--
0.0
--

2011
12
49
37
12
0.0
--
14
1
0
29
29.0
29

2010
16
87
76
11
0.0
--
23
5
0
84
16.8
36

2009
16
66
62
4
0.0
--
13
6
0
17
2.8
11

2008
12
34
30
4
0.0
--
6
1
0
25
25.0
25

2007
2
12
11
1
0.0
--
0
--
--
--
0.0
--

TOTALS
61
261
228
33
0.0
0
60
14
0
155
--
36


Another former Falcons player that will be lining up against his former team is right tackle Tyson Clabo. Clabo was released by the Falcons earlier this year in a salary cap cost cutting move.  The 6-foot-6, 329-pound right tackle started all 101 games he played for the Falcons, including 16 games in each of the last five seasons.

"When I was released and became a free agent, one of the things we wanted to find out was who had interest," Clabo explained in a conference call Sunday. "What teams do I think have use [for a right tackle] and on the move upward in the league? Miami was right there." said of the Dolphins. 
 
Clabo was originally signed by the Denver Broncos in 2004 as an undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest. When he was released by the Broncos, he was picked up by the Falcons in 2005 where he spent his entire NFL career playing for Atlanta.  Being that he’s 31 years old, and that he signed a one-year contract, this may be the only year he plays for the Dolphins as they’ll be sure to try and upgrade this position next year via the draft or free agency.
For the open opener against the Falcons this week, the Dolphins are glad to have these two former Atlanta players on their side.  If Grimes can continue to play at the level he’s shown during the first two games, and if Clabo can continue to improve, the Dolphins could be looking at a 3-0 start.  That would go a long way to perhaps repeat the 1992 season where they started 6-0 and finished with an 11-5 record as champions of the AFC East.  Although they eventually lost the AFC Championship game 29-10 to the Buffalo Bills, no current Dolphins fan would be upset at that kind of a repeat performance.

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