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Monday, February 24, 2014
Tag deadline, Grimes decision nears

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins have seven days to decide if Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes will get the franchise tag for the 2014 season.

NFL teams have a two-week window that is closing on March 3. That provides the Dolphins one more week to negotiate with Grimes in an effort to reach a long-term extension. If both sides can’t agree, Miami is expected to use the franchise tag to prevent its No. 1 cornerback from hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

Grimes was the Dolphins’ most consistent defensive player in 2013. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions and did a good job of defending the opposing team’s best receiver. The Dolphins signed Grimes to a one-year, $5 million contract last season.

NFL.com reported over the weekend that Grimes may not get the franchise tag. But I won’t believe that until I see it. The Dolphins have the resources – the franchise tag and cap room -- to keep Grimes in the fold for at least one more year and should use it to their advantage.

Each day that goes by, the more likely it is that Grimes gets "tagged." This will be one of the big stories to keep an eye on with the Dolphins this week.