Brent Grimes is considered the top free agent cornerback in the class of 2014 by just about everybody, except probably Sam Shields and Drew Rosenhaus.
Like Shields, Grimes played 2013 on a one-year deal. The Miami Dolphins signed him after he missed all but one game of 2012 with an Achilles injury. Essentially, they said prove it and like Shields, he did.
Grimes reestablished himself as a top-tier corner, registering 60 tackles, four interceptions (one for a TD), and 17 passes defended. He also made the Pro Bowl in 2013, the second of his career. That’s two more Pro Bowls than Shields has made.
For further comparison, Shields had one more tackle, the same number of picks and one less pass defended and touchdown in 2013.
The Dolphins are supposedly making a push to re-sign Grimes before free agency opens, but we all know how those things can go.
While Grimes would make a nice replacement for Shields, that scenario looks unlikely to us. Grimes is 30 and obviously there are very few players 30 and above who are of any use to the Packers. Besides that, Grimes will be asking for more than Shields and he’ll probably get it.