Thursday, May 3, 2012
Would Ryan Grant jump to the Lions?
By Kevin Seifert
Part of our offseason dialogue has revolved around the relative lack of urgency around the NFC North to bolster what in some cases are some and/or unreliable offensive backfields. It appears at least one of our teams is now taking a post-draft look at shoring up that issue -- at the expense of another of our teams.
Free-agent running back Ryan Grant, who spent the past five seasons playing for the Green Bay Packers, has an offer from the Detroit Lions, according to agent Alan Herman via ESPNMilwaukee.com second cousin Jason Wilde. It's also believed that the Packers have an offer on the table to Grant, who has also visited the New England Patriots but obviously hasn't been blown away by anything he's heard so far.
The Lions' top three running backs all have had health issues that make it difficult to count on them as a primary back. Jahvid Best was lost for the part of the 2011 season because of multiple concussions. Mikel Leshoure is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and Kevin Smith has historically had trouble staying on the field.
Grant missed 15 games in 2010 because of an ankle injury but otherwise has been durable in his career. It's fair to assume he would return to the Packers if all things are relatively equal, and he should be close to knowing if that's the case.