Grimes could slip away from Falcons, Bucs

March, 22, 2013
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There’s been a lot of talk, but very little action, about cornerback Brent Grimes either staying with the Atlanta Falcons or joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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But it now sounds like neither of those is the leading scenario for Grimes. The Cleveland Browns reportedly have an offer for a multiyear deal on the table and that may make them the favorite to land Grimes.

The Falcons and Bucs may be hesitant to offer a long-term deal. That’s understandable because Grimes is coming off an Achilles tendon injury.

But the Falcons might want to offer Grimes some more security if they want to keep him. If Grimes goes elsewhere, the Falcons are going to have to go out and get another cornerback to go with Asante Samuel and Robert McClain.

The Bucs also might want to consider making a strong offer. While a trade for Darrelle Revis remains a possibility, there’s no guarantee that deal will happen. Grimes might be the best cornerback left in free agency. The Bucs may be able to land him if they come up with an offer similar to Cleveland’s.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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