Bucs Sign CB Brent Grimes, Wife Miko Deletes Twitter Account
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have landed their third big free agent, signing Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes to a two-year deal worth $13.5 million, with incentives that push it to $16.5.
The move reunites Grimes, 32, with his former head coach with the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith, who is now the Bucs defensive coordinator. It may also help a secondary that allowed a league-worst 70 percent completion percentage.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Grimes was cut by the Dolphins recently for refusing to take a pay cut. Over the last three seasons there, he recorded 13 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. During that span, he also recorded 41 pass breakups.
While there hasn’t been much to dispute about Grimes in terms of talent, a number of teams were reportedly concerned about signing him because of the antics of his eccentric wife, Miko.
Known for her outlandish, and at times, repulsive remarks on Twitter, Grimes repeatedly made disparaging remarks about Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill last season, to the point where it became a locker room issue.
The Miami Herald reported that on five different occasions last year, the team had to meet with Grimes over concerns about his wife’s behavior.
Prior to a September home game last year, she was involved in an altercation with police officers and arrested, with police handcuffing her to the ground.
She also attempted to head-butt an officer. She was walking to a restricted area and when police tried to stop her, she refused.
She was charged with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Interestingly enough, right around the time that her husband’s signing with the Bucs became official, she suspended her account.
On Thursday afternoon, she had made her account private.
Prior to that, this week, an unflattering report from Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole stated that she was the reason teams were staying away from her husband in free agency.
After the signing, Miko shared her thoughts with Omar Kelly on Instagram and denied the Bucs asked her to take down her Twitter account.
On the field, Grimes can give the Bucs some stability in the secondary after having virtually a revolving door at the cornerback positions last year.
The Bucs are not expected to bring back Sterling Moore. The future of Mike Jenkins is also uncertain, with both Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner still under contract and expected to return.