The ominous lack of negotiations between the Atlanta Falcons and cornerback Brent Grimes finally culminated in his departure Saturday morning. According to Adam Schefter, Grimes reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Grimes will receive $5.5 million with $3 million guaranteed in 2013. That's a solid deal for the soon to be 30-year-old corner. He played just one game in 2012 after tearing his Achilles. Surely you all remember him walking off the field at Arrowhead Stadium. That will unfortunately be the last memory you have of Optimus Grimes suiting up for the Falcons.
A lot of you remained optimistic about Grimes re-signing with Atlanta, but as time progressed, the lack of news stemming from Flowery Branch foreshadowed the eventual exit. His market wasn't as high due to his injury. Now Grimes will have another chance to get paid when 2014 rolls around.
If you're currently looking for a job, set up a meeting with Jeff Ireland. You'll likely walk away with a bag full of money.
So, where does this leave the Falcons? Asante Samuel and Robert McClain are starting as of now. Are they willing to throw McClain on the outside? And do they even have the money to bring in a more experienced player?
The Falcons appear to be around $3 million under the cap. That's a rough estimate, so don't take it as the gospel. Signing a new deal with Matt Ryan could free up space for 2013. If they choose to stay the current course, drafting a cornerback or two is imminent. I'd rather see a veteran brought in for a cheap deal. A financial move or two has to take place first, though.
Farewell, Brent Grimes. Falcons fans appreciate the work you've put in here. Feel free to sound off with your parting thoughts/angry tirades.