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The rare defensive back to maintain a high level of play well into his 30s, Brent Grimes has shown no signs of slowing down ahead of his 11th season in the NFL.
But given the number of issues he has with the way the league does business, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise if he eventually chooses to walk away on his own terms.
As part of a Sports Illustrated profile on Grimes and his wife, Miko, the Buccaneers corner revealed that he considered retiring and trying out for the NBA Development League earlier this offseason.
“The NFL doesn’t have a cool vibe,” Grimes told SI’s Jack Dickey. “They make everyone look the same, with their shoes and socks the same way.”
Miko, who’s long been critical of the NFL, called the sport “weak” and spoke of its “fucked up contracts and dirty owners.”
It’s unclear whether Grimes will again weigh the possibility of retirement next winter, but the Buccaneers should be thrilled that he elected to put it off for at least another season.
The 33-year-old was one of the NFL’s most productive cover men after landing in Tampa Bay as a free agent last March, racking up four interceptions, 24 passes defensed, and 57 tackles across 16 starts.
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