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Bucs reach an agreement on a 1-year, $10 million contract with CB Brent Grimes to return in 2018

The Bucs said getting the 34-year-old back was a priority. His seven INTs and 35 pass breakups in the past two seasons are why.
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) intercepts a deep pass during the first half of an NFL game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.
Published Mar. 12, 2018
Updated Mar. 12, 2018

Retirement will have to wait for cornerback Brent Grimes, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract Monday to return to the Bucs.

Grimes, who turns 35 in July, has been the Bucs' best defensive back in the past two seasons with seven interceptions and 35 pass breakups during that stretch.

Grimes missed three games last season, but he has been an incredibly durable player the past five seasons with a performance that belies his age.

By re-signing Grimes, the Bucs potentially return their two starting cornerbacks from 2017, even though Vernon Hargreaves struggled with injury and ineffectiveness last season and eventually was moved inside to nickel corner.

Since 2013, Grimes' 20 INTs is tied for the most in the NFL with 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Raiders safety Reggie Nelson.

As he does after every season, Grimes said he would take some time to decide whether he wanted to resume his Pro Bowl career. But the Bucs made it clear to him they wanted him back at the end of 2017, and he decided quickly to remain in Tampa Bay when the free agent negotiating period began Monday.