Brent Grimes Says He Felt Disrespected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Being Asked to Cover Top Receivers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not have a good season and now some details are starting to emerge as to why.
The team featured a prolific passing offense that put up good numbers but the Bucs struggled mightily on the defensive front. Now, stories are starting to emerge that show the Bucs had more issues than just what fans were able to see on the field.
Starting cornerback Brent Grimes is the latest Buc to come out and express his displeasure with the organization. Appearing on his wife's podcast, Grimes said he felt disrespected by the Buccaneers for what they paid him and what he was asked to do.
“We get to the Steelers and then they start asking me to follow people,” Grimes said, explaining that corners “that follow receivers all the time” … “earn $13 to $15 million.”
So Brent Grimes said on his wife’s podcast he didn’t want to play because they asked him to shadow Antonio Brown and other top WRs and he only made $7-million while CBs who shadow make $14M. And you wonder why #GoBucs lost? Not one coach/GM held him accountable.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 4, 2019
Grimes said the Bucs asking him to cover the opposing team's best WR really messed with him all season long.
“That just fu**ed up my whole vibe for the whole year to be completely honest,” Grimes said.
The starting corner also went into detail about his frustrations with the coaching staff and how he was graded throughout the year. In fact, Grimes' frustration with defensive backs coach Jon Hoke nearly caused Grimes to pull an Antonio Brown and sit out the season finale or pull a Vontae Davis and quit during the season.
Miko Grimes claims seven teams offered to trade for Brent at the deadline. She said he wanted to pull a "Vontae' Davis and quit. "I was like I was done with it,'' Brent Grimes said. "I feel like all the teams are the same.''— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 4, 2019
So, who's in the wrong here? Is it the Bucs for failing to go over Grimes' role and expectations with the team prior to re-signing him along with questionable coaching tactics? Or is it Grimes for making $7 million this year as the team's top cornerback and being upset that he was asked to do what most top cornerbacks are asked to do and cover the other team's best WR?
(Transcriptions provided via JoeBucsFan.com)