Grimes is set to be a free agent but the Dolphins may opt to use their franchise tag on him next Tuesday when teams are able to begin doing so. Grimes, who is 30 and in line for what could be his last big contract, would prefer that the team doesn't go that route. While it's out of his control, Grimes would like a multi-year deal with the Dolphins. Speaking about the franchise tag proposition, Grimes said it's "not what anybody wants."
Going with a franchise-tagged one-year deal would put the Dolphins in a tough spot with their salary cap. When a player is franchised, he must be given a positional top 5 salary. Working out a multi-year agreement would give the Dolphins more flexibility to create a deal that works for them now and in future seasons, while also giving Grimes the security he seeks. With the amount of work new general manager Dennis Hickey has in front of him, any extra cap room would be welcome.
Franchise tagging a player can lead to animosity and ruin the chances of a future together. The Dolphins are experiencing that with Randy Starks. The Herald pointed out in January that Starks was not pleased about his lack of a long-term deal. Due to that, he does not plan on offering the Dolphins any type of discount in his new contract which could lead to him packing his bags.
The Dolphins will need to decide what to do with Grimes fast as they also need to work on contracts with either Starks or Paul Soliai, while tackling many other needs.