Monday, March 15, 2010
Seattle younger, cheaper minus Grant
By Mike Sando
Deon Grant should find another NFL job and possibly one as a starter after Seattle released him Monday.
Grant, who turned 31 on Sunday, was scheduled to earn $4 million in salary for the 2010 season. The Scouts Inc. read on him entering last season was still quite positive:
Grant is an experienced starting safety who has good size and instincts. His overall speed and range are starting to descend but he can compensate with his ability to anticipate. He is a smart player who takes good angles and can help get others lined up before the snap. Grant is agile with his movements and he has good body control in space. He can flip quickly and accelerate to the ball with solid burst. He has quick feet to pedal and turn and does a good job of maintaining leverage on receivers in passing situations. As a run defender he shows good agility in traffic and can keep his feet to play off contact. He's not a real stout hitter but he can break down effectively and provide good wrap on tackles. Overall, Grant has the awareness and instincts teams covet on the back and he still moves effectively enough to be a solid starter.
Grant played through a wrist injury last season. He has started every regular-season game for nine consecutive seasons, making him one of the NFL's most durable players.
I would expect the Seahawks to get younger under coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. They moved in that direction by cutting Grant. They'll need to fortify the position. Jamar Adams and Jordan Babineaux are the only other safeties on the roster. Lawyer Milloy, 36, is an unrestricted free agent.
Seattle holds the sixth and 14th overall choices in the draft. The team could have a shot at Tennessee's Eric Berry, considered the best safety in the draft.