Brent Grimes, who is 34 years old, is still playing at a high level, however, he hasn’t decided yet if he will return to play, anywhere, for the 2018 season. Grimes previously made mention that he seriously contemplated retiring to pursue another one of his passions, basketball; Namely the NBA.
As of right now, he isn’t focused on what he will do at the end of the 2017 season, he is only focusing on the upcoming Monday Night game vs the Atlanta Falcons. It’s safe to say that he will not be thinking about making a decision until after the season as his focus will remain on each team as they are preparing for them.
Fear of injury and wear and tear on the body could persuade him to retire in order to pursue his dream of being an NBA star. Grimes had sustained a shoulder injury this season, which has slowed him down some, yet, he still plays at a high level. He has three interceptions this year and 8 passes defended. He will be a free agent at the end of this year and he is certainly someone the Buccaneers would like to see return.
During last week’s loss against the Detroit Lions, he recorded his third interception of the season, which ties Justin Evans and Robert McClain for the teams lead. An interesting footnote is that Grimes also has 20 interceptions since 2013 and that ties Richard Sherman for the most interceptions in the NFL over a five season span. If he does indeed retire then he can do so confidently, knowing that he is going to retire as one of the best.
The Buccaneers veteran corner back’s wife has stated that they are happy here in Tampa, but where he goes and what he does is a decision that can only be made by him. I’d hate to see him go, but if he does retire to peruse another passion, I will support that decision 100% and am thankful for his participation on our football team.