Tampa Bay have been relatively quiet in the early stages of free agency, but the moves they have made have been solid signings. Reaching a new long-term deal with star running back Doug Martin was crucial for a developing young offense, and, following the retirement of stalwart guard Logan Mankins, the team added a replacement with experienced, former Super Bowl champion, J.R. Sweezy from the Seattle Seahawks. That concluded all the action to this point, with nobody as yet leaving the team to sign elsewhere either. The latest move for the Bucs hits another need, with reports emerging from NFL Network’s Rand Getlin that Tampa has agreed to a two-year deal with recently released Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes. The contract signed is expected to be worth $13.5 million with incentives included that could make the total value $16.5 million over the two years. There’s no question that the priority for the Buccaneers this off-season is to focus on strengthening the defensive side of the ball, both through free agency and the draft (where the Bucs have only taken one defender over the entirety of the two draft classes GM Jason Licht has been in control of). Along with improving the pass rush, adding pieces to a secondary that has struggled consistently over recent years was also near the top of the to-do list. Adding Brent Grimes could be a significant upgrade for the unit; a talented corner who has played to a pro bowl level at times over the last three years in Miami. That said he is getting on a bit at 32-years-old. The fairly short-term deal therefore makes a lot of sense. Why was Brent Grimes available on the market in the first place? As dependable as his play has been on the field, the Dolphins cut him regardless and made a trade to replace him with former Eagle Brandon Maxwell instead, with multiple problems off the field that related to the player’s wife causing distractions perhaps being a part of that. Miko Grimes has publicly been highly critical of both the Dolphins organisation and specific players, not least QB Ryan Tannehill. There’s a good chance that was an issue that some general managers did not want to potentially bring to their team. That said, there were other reasons for his release that likely factored in more than that, with Miami considering his performances to have dropped, his athleticism not being what it used to, and his large salary cap number. The Buccaneers will be hoping that he still has a couple good years left in him.