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Dolphins re-signed CB Brent Grimes.

No financial details are available just yet, but Grimes won't be hitting the market come March 11. It's a major score for new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey, who retains a shutdown corner one year after Jeff Ireland traded Vontae Davis away. Grimes was PFF's No. 2 corner last season and Davis was No. 3. We're expecting a short-term deal thanks to Grimes' age (he'll turn 31 in July), but it will be lucrative and contain plenty of guaranteed cash.

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A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that the Dolphins are not expected to place the franchise tag on free agent CB Brent Grimes before Monday's 4PM ET deadline.

PFT reports, however, that "it's currently believed to be more likely than not" that Grimes is re-signed by Miami. In other words, it sounds like the sides are in the midst of positive multi-year contract talks. By avoiding using the $11.834 million tag on Grimes, the Dolphins would save salary cap space as well as retain arguably their best defensive player from last season. It would be a positive first move by rookie GM Dennis Hickey.

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GM Dennis Hickey is "optimistic" the Dolphins will re-sign free agent Brent Grimes.

Hickey's comments come three days after Grimes said he was "pretty optimistic" he'd be back. The Miami Herald reported earlier this week that talks were going in circles, but where there's a will, there's usually a way. The market's top corner has an excellent shot at staying in Miami.

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The Miami Herald terms free agent Brent Grimes' contract talks with the Dolphins as "ongoing and ongoing and ongoing."

In other words, the sides are going in circles. Grimes said Monday he's "pretty optimistic" he'll re-sign with the Dolphins, but it sounds like there's plenty of work to do before March 11. A priority for Miami, Grimes would have a strong claim to "top corner available" if he reaches the open market.

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Free agent CB Brent Grimes is "pretty optimistic" he'll re-sign with the Dolphins.

"They said they like me here and want to have me back," Grimes said. "Hopefully, it happens sooner than later, and I don't have to worry about it." Grimes said the sides haven't discussed the franchise tag. Rotoworld's top ranked free-agent corner, Grimes checks in at No. 8 overall on Evan Silva's Free Agent Top 150.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the franchise tag is not a realistic option for free agent CB Brent Grimes.

Tagging Grimes would cost the Dolphins $11.3 million. Grimes will turn 31 in July and wants no part of the franchise tag in an effort to land one more long-term, big-money deal, as he's coming off one of the best seasons of his career. The Dolphins can't afford to lose Grimes. He was arguably their best defensive player in 2013 and is our No. 1 free-agent corner.

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Impending free agent Brent Grimes said neither he nor the Dolphins want to use the franchise tag.

An extension makes sense for both parties. The soon-to-be 31 Grimes would get the multi-year security he is looking for, and the Dolphins could lock up the talented corner for multiple years in a cap-friendly deal.

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The Miami Herald expects the Dolphins to retain impending free agent Brent Grimes, either via a multi-year deal or the franchise tag.

Grimes has said he doesn't want to be franchise tagged, but it would make a lot of sense for the Dolphins if a reasonable extension can't be hammered out. Going on 31, Grimes is unlikely to be reasonable as he pursues what could be his last big payday. A lucrative two-year deal that includes at least some guaranteed money in 2015 could make the most sense for both sides.

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Impending free agent Brent Grimes said he doesn't want to be franchise tagged.

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Dolphins LCB Brent Grimes (groin), NT Paul Soliai (ankle) and RCB Nolan Carroll (knee) all participated in the portion of Tuesday's practice open to the media.

Miami got majorly banged up in Sunday's win over the Patriots, but appears to have avoided serious injury with all three of its critical defenders. Grimes has already insisted he's "fine," and hinted he'll suit up for Week 16 against the Bills.