That raises a wonderful problem for the Dolphins and Grimes.
Because he is so far everything the Dolphins could want, Grimes is raising his value. Every week he remains healthy, every week he plays well, Grimes gets closer to a contract after this season he would no longer consider a lowball document.
The Dolphins know this. And management is wisely thinking about this already because everyone sees what might happen if Grimes continues to play well.
The Dolphins would like to keep Grimes long-term, but they have to weigh those desires against the risk that if they give him an extension now, something might happen the next 14 games to change the current course. The team also recognizes Grimes is already 30 and corners rarely get a big contract after their 30th birthday.
So the choice is pay now and take a risk or wait and pay more later. Its an intriguing quandary.
The team has decided to stand pat for now. The team has not and will not try to sign Grimes to a contract extension anytime soon.
The Dolphins want him to continue playing well and being a significant part of the defenses success. If Grimes earns a big paycheck later on, at least the Dolphins know he surely earned it.
And, interestingly enough, Grimes is happy with that approach.
Truth be told, when I signed, everybody was saying we want to see if youre healthy, and thats what Im doing, Grimes said. I think Im doing a good job of showing that Im good. Whatever happens, happens. I come out here and prove it on the field every day and let my agent handle the rest. I just play football.
He plays and he makes plays, which is something the Dolphins have lacked at cornerback for a long time. And although he has been doing good work, not once has Grimes shown the Achilles problem that changed everything is an issue anymore.
I dont think about it much unless I look down and see the scar, Grimes said. As far as when Im playing or doing anything, I dont think about it at all.
Teammates witnesses to Grimess weight-room feats are completely convinced about that
He might be, next to me, the most athletic guy Ive been around in quite a while, Wake said half-jokingly. Hes explosive. Hes quick. Hes strong. Ive been in the weight room with him. Trust me, hes strong. And he has no problem covering receivers. Hes good at what he does.