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Thursday afternoon marked the departure of cornerback Sean Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, making his position one of need again for the Miami Dolphins. Today the team hosted former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes on a visit.
Grimes suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Atlanta’s season-opening victory over the Chiefs last September and landed on Injured Reserve. He had received the franchise tag and moved to right cornerback to be paired with Asante Samuel and looked to be taking that step into the elite level among the league’s corners despite his size (5-foot-10, 181 pounds).
Back in 2006, the Falcons signed Grimes as an undrafted free agent and he took a very unconventional route to the 53-man roster. He was allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and then re-signed in May of 2007 and signed back to the practice squad. The Falcons promoted to the active roster twice and then he became a regular in 2008, starting six of 12 games.
By 2010, Grimes had established himself as a key member of the Falcons defense was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate after intercepting five passes and racking up 87 tackles (76 solo). He had six interceptions in 2009 and started all 12 games in 2011 as well.