Miami Dolphins

As expected, Miami Dolphins cut cornerback Brent Grimes

Brent Grimes, right, was released Wednesday after three years in Miami.
Brent Grimes, right, was released Wednesday after three years in Miami. AP

Brent Grimes will always be a member of the Miami Dolphins’ 50th anniversary team.

But he is no longer a member of the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins released the veteran cornerback Wednesday after three straight Pro Bowl seasons. Grimes was due $8 million in base salary and would have counted $9.5 million against the cap.

That proved simply too expensive for an aging player who was clearly in decline. Grimes was victimized by some of the league’s best receivers last year. Sammy Watkins, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. all exposed him.

Then there’s the matter of his wife. Miko Grimes’ vulgar, incendiary tweets were bad enough when they were about people outside of the locker room. But when she went on a diatribe attacking quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins simply had enough.

They were able to move on from Grimes after trading for Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell. The deal, which also sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to Miami, was formally announced Wednesday afternoon. The Dolphins and Eagles also swapped first-rounders; the Eagles will now pick eighth and the Dolphins 13th in the first round.

As for other corners, the Dolphins also have interest in free agent Adam “Pacman” Jones, among others.

For more details, plus other moves on a busy day for the Dolphins, visit the Dolphins in Depth blog.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley