BUCCANEERS RE-SIGN CB BRENT GRIMES
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has re-signed four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. The team has also signed running back Peyton Barber, defensive end Will Clarke, linebacker Adarius Glanton and linebacker Cam Lynch.
Grimes (5-10, 185) has spent the past two seasons in Tampa Bay (2016-17), starting all 29 games he has played, totaling 106 tackles, 35 passes defensed, seven interceptions (returned 104 yards, one touchdown), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His 35 passes defensed are the fourth-most in the NFL during the last two seasons, while his seven interceptions are tied for the eighth-most in the league.
In 2016, Grimes led the NFL in passes defensed, with a career-high 24, the most by a Buccaneers player since Ronde Barber had 24 in 2001. Since the start of the 2013 season, Grimes leads the NFL in passes defensed, with 78, while his 20 interceptions are tied for the league lead during that span.
Grimes spent his first six NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2007-12), where current Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith served as the Falcons’ head coach from 2008-12. Following his time in Atlanta, Grimes played three seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2013-15) before coming to Tampa Bay. In his 11-year career, Grimes has started 119-of-135 career regular season games, recording 507 tackles, 134 passes defensed, 33 interceptions (returned 461 yards, three touchdowns), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
A four-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2013-15) and a 2014 Second-Team Associated Press All-Pro, Grimes’ 33 interceptions and 134 passes defensed are each the fourth-most among active players. A Philadelphia native, Grimes played collegiately at Shippensburg and entered the league as a college free agent following the 2006 NFL Draft.
Barber (5-11, 225) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Buccaneers in 2016. Last season he played in all 16 games, with four starts, leading the team in rushing yards (423), while adding three rushing touchdowns and 16 catches for 114 yards. In his career, the Alpharetta, Georgia, native has rushed 163 times for 646 yards with four touchdowns, while catching 21 passes for 142 yards. Barber played collegiately at Auburn.
Clarke (6-6, 275) played in 15 games for Tampa Bay last season, registering 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. He originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (88th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. He spent his first three seasons with Cincinnati (2014-16). A native of Pittsburgh, Clarke played collegiately at West Virginia.
Glanton (6-1, 230) was signed to Tampa Bay’s active roster from the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad in 2015. He has played in 35 games for the Buccaneers, with four starts, registering 35 tackles on defense, 10 tackles on special teams, one forced fumble, one pass defensed, one sack and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
Lynch (6-0, 229) played in 11 games with the Buccaneers last season, before joining the Los Angeles Rams off of waivers and playing in three games. A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Lynch originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Rams, spending the 2015 season there, before joining Tampa Bay during the 2016 season. He played collegiately at Syracuse.