Brent Grimes – Cornerback
Of all the current Buccaneer defenders, Brent Grimes is the most accomplished to date. At age 33 Grimes has accumulated 30 career interceptions, 124 passes defensed, and 477 combined tackles. Over the course of his 10 year career, the 5’10 cornerback has gained a reputation both as a ball-hawk and a shut down cornerback.
Grimes began his career in Atlanta with the Falcons and quickly became a disruptive force for their secondary and a constant thorn in the side of the Buccaneers who had to face him twice a year. After six seaons and a torn Achilles, Grimes left the Falcons and joined the Dolphins for three seasons where he solidified his status as one of the best cornerbacks in football. Grimes made the pro bowl three straight seasons in Miami and at one point was Pro Football Focuses number two cornerback in the NFL.
Last season Grimes made a six-hour move north to Tampa and joined the Buccaneers on a two year deal. After a down year in his final season with Miami, Grimes bounced back with the Bucs and put together one of the best seasons of his career, notching 4 interceptions, a touchdown, and a league-leading 24 passes defensed. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 4th best corner all season.
Like all of the players on this list, the key missing ingredient for Grimes is playoff success. If he’s able to maintain his high level of play from 2016 for another few seasons while getting some playoff burn there’s a decent chance that Canton comes calling for Brent Grimes.