Brent Grimes is 34, but he isn't feeling his age and isn't showing his age, so the veteran cornerback likes the idea of returning next year at 35, whether it's with the Bucs or not after a 5-11 season.
"It was fun. It's tough to say that because we were losing, but this is a tight group," said Grimes, who tied for the team lead with three interceptions. "People are really cool. We have fun. We wish the record could say otherwise, but we have fun playing together."
Will Grimes be re-signed as part of an upgrade Bucs secondary for 2018? And what might that cost as he finishes a two-year, $16-million deal?
"I tried to give him a sell job this morning, and I told him we would love to have him back," coach Dirk Koetter said. "I think Brent defies his real age, and there's been other guys around the league that have been able to do that. He's a free agent so he's in control of it, but we'd love to have him back, and I told him that."
Grimes missed three games with a shoulder injury, but said he feels "really good" physically and enjoyed his second season in Tampa despite the losses.
"I like everybody here. They treat me well," Grimes said. "I'll sit back, relax for a little bit, then make a decision. I've been talking to them and they've made it clear they really do want me back. That's a good thing to hear."
Grimes pointed to all the new playoff teams this season — eight of the 12 didn't make the postseason last year — and wonders if the Bucs could pull that off in 2018.
"Crazy stuff happens," he said. "With a good group that we have that likes playing together, obviously we have to make some things better, fix some things. The key in football is people wanting to play together. That's a big part, and I feel like we've got that part."