Though there has been little to no activity between the two sides since Brent Grimes signed his 10.281 million dollar tender in April, ESPN.com’s Paul Yasinskas says that he wouldn’t “rule out” an extension for Brent Grimes from the Falcons before next Monday’s deadline for franchise players to sign long term deals.
Grimes was one of the league’s top cornerbacks last year, allowing just 25 completions on 56 attempts (44.6%) for 258 yards (4.6 YPA), 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 12 deflections, and one penalty. He ranked 3rd among all cornerback on ProFootballFocus. However, the Falcons’ hesitance to do a long term deal with Grimes is likely due to Grimes’ injury history and the fact that the Falcons are already paying significant money to two other cornerbacks, Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel. Still, with only 2.8 million of cap space, the Falcons have financial motivation to reduce Grimes’ 10.281 million dollar cap number for 2012.