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Packers face decision on Ryan Grant on 15th day of league year

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We knew the Packers owed $5.25 million to Ryan Grant next year, which is a lot of money for any running back coming off an injury-marred season.

Conventional wisdom says the Packers will bring him back.  We’ll know for sure on the 15th day of the next league year, whenever that turns out to be.  Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reports Grant is due a $1 million bonus on that day, which likely provides a point of no return for the Packers.

Grant’s value to the Packers was seen in his absence last year.  He’s only 28 years old, and you could make the argument that he will be fresh after nearly a season off recovering from an ankle injury.  Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at the Combine that he expected Grant to compete with James Starks for carries next season, which sounds about right.

The Packers have arguably overpaid a bit for A.J. Hawk because they feel comfortable with him.   The same should hold true for Grant.

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26 Responses to “Packers face decision on Ryan Grant on 15th day of league year”
  1. readysethike says: Mar 15, 2011 10:44 AM

    Let him go, and draft mark ingram him and james starks would compliment each other well

  2. sonvar says: Mar 15, 2011 10:46 AM

    I’d say cut him as he wasn’t doing that well to begin with the year before or prior to the injury. Grant has been a consistent back but he’s a playmaker at the position. At the least he’s not worth 5.25 million. Packers should look to the draft for another running back and if they can resign Grant then so be it but he’s not worth that much to any team.

  3. sonvar says: Mar 15, 2011 10:47 AM

    Sorry meant to say he is not a playmaker at the position

  4. wallyballz says: Mar 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    Agreed – let him go, and draft another back. But not Ingram – spend a 4th or 5th rounder, not a 1st…

  5. mick730 says: Mar 15, 2011 11:07 AM

    Grant’s playing time in Green Bay as amounted to just about 2.5 seasons. During that time, he does well enough against weak defenses, but against good ones, he disappears. I don’t think he’s a very special back and I don’t think he’s worth that kind of scratch.

    I agree with wallyballz, let him go and spend a 4th or 5th round pick on a running back to team with Sparks. They should also consider bringing back Brandon Jackson.

  6. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 15, 2011 11:07 AM

    “Grant’s value to the Packers was seen in his absence last year.”

    I think they saw that they could be Super Bowl champions without him. He’s a mediocre running back and not worth the money. Kind of the AJ Hawk of running backs.

  7. henrypuppyhead says: Mar 15, 2011 11:09 AM

    Yeah, get rid of a guy that consistently churns out 1200 yard seasons. That guy sucks.

  8. medcitybob says: Mar 15, 2011 11:51 AM

    TT should strongly consider drafting RB Mikel Lashoure (Illinois)…….he should be there at #32. Ingram will be long gone ! But, we do need a strong RB…….Unfortunately, Grant can’t make the corner anymore, and consistently gets caught from behind…..he never, ever has a long run …….
    A really strong back would help Rodgers, and the passing attack ! ! Go Pack Go ! ! ! !

  9. actiondanwi says: Mar 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    Never, ever has a long run?

    07(1/2 season)-09, he had 25 runs of 20+ and 5 of 40+ (and 3 rec. of 20+)

    This debate is pointless; the Pack has already indicated he will be back at his full salary.

  10. santorin4 says: Mar 15, 2011 12:15 PM

    28 yrs. old, averaged 1100 yds rushing, 7+ rushing TD’s for career and all the PFT geniuses talk about he isn’t a solid back and we need to unload him. WOW, greater words were never spoken.

    Check out Football for Dummies at Walmart.

  11. thehatefulnerd says: Mar 15, 2011 12:27 PM

    Grant is above average. But he can’t get to the corner, lacks vision and can’t catch the ball consistently. He’s good up the middle, but always leaves plenty of yards of the field.
    Starks on the other hand, is the real deal.

  12. nineleveninsidejob says: Mar 15, 2011 12:28 PM

    Grant is quite good. The Packers o-line sucks at run blocking. Grant isn’t stealing cash at $5 mil a season (unless he gets hurt bad again)

  13. jimmysee says: Mar 15, 2011 12:38 PM

    Everyone who says “get ride of him” is a Vikings fan laying in the weeds to sign him.

    That’s the way it goes.

    Happens over and over again.

    I expect Justin Harrell to sign with the Vikings.

    They can’t help themselves.

    The Vikings need a 10-step program.

  14. goombar2 says: Mar 15, 2011 12:44 PM

    Must be getting slow around here…

    Here’s a list from 2009 on RB pay from USA Today. Even at 5 mil Grant on this list wouldn’t be top 5. He’d probably be somewhere around 10-15 based on the fact others on this list have escalators too.

    So is that over paying? Hardly, that’s probably where I think of Grant in overall league terms. Thing is we do have Starks, so Grant wont be taking as much of a beating and won’t be earning his money like he used to.

    Pluses and minuses to that too. Grant should be more explosive longing into the season, but you are paying for carries that won’t take place.

    It’s all a push if you ask me. And I like the fact Starks can develop more than just being thrown into the fire.

  15. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 15, 2011 1:17 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Mar 15, 2011 12:38 PM
    Everyone who says “get ride of him” is a Vikings fan laying in the weeds to sign him.

    That’s the way it goes.

    Happens over and over again.

    I expect Justin Harrell to sign with the Vikings.

    They can’t help themselves.

    The Vikings need a 10-step program.
    ____________________

    Did I miss a rash of signings of former Packers by the Vikings? I can think of Favre, Longwell, and some wide receiver who barely played. Longwell is a great kicker and the Packers didn’t want to pay him. Favre’s fondest desire was to play for the Packers’ biggest rival, and it worked out okay for one season. Last I checked, the Vikings had a pretty good running back and aren’t in the market for an average one. I don’t think the Vikings’ front office worries about what team a player used to play for if they think he can help them.

  16. beedubyatoo says: Mar 15, 2011 1:54 PM

    One more genius Viking fan. The guy you can’t think of is WR Robert Ferguson. But you also can’t think of Darren Sharper?? He made the pro bowl at least twice with the Vikings.

    Also Ryan Grant doesn’t put the ball on the ground 6 or more times each season unlike their “pretty good running back.”

  17. jimmypopnl says: Mar 15, 2011 1:55 PM

    “Did I miss a rash of signings of former Packers by the Vikings?”

    Yes you did:

    Brett Favre
    Ryan Longwell
    Darren Sharper
    Robert “Turd” Ferguson
    Mike Montgomery
    Javon Walker
    … who’s next?

  18. blackbelt4d says: Mar 15, 2011 2:00 PM

    The real shocker is that PFT didn’t find a way to bash the owners for causing the lockout in this article.

  19. bdfun400 says: Mar 15, 2011 2:10 PM

    ryan grant is a good running back. Lots of my fellow packer fans just dont seem to get it.

    1200 yards is good.
    He has good vision.
    He has a really good feel for running between the tackles.
    He breaks tackles.
    He runs hard.

    He’s a one-cut and go back–doesnt make a lot of people miss, but thats not his style. HE GETS YARDS.
    He just doesnt run with a whole lot flash, and armchair qb’s want flash.

    Before we go and invest our future and all our carries in Starks, lets keep in mind that he missed his senior season with a shoulder injury(which can commonly be a reoccuring issue, especially with RB’s) and started this season on the PUP list.

  20. kbaron9900 says: Mar 15, 2011 2:12 PM

    “Did I miss a rash of signings of former Packers by the Vikings? I can think of Favre, Longwell, and some wide receiver who barely played. Longwell is a great kicker and the Packers didn’t want to pay him. Favre’s fondest desire was to play for the Packers’ biggest rival, and it worked out okay for one season. Last I checked, the Vikings had a pretty good running back and aren’t in the market for an average one. I don’t think the Vikings’ front office worries about what team a player used to play for if they think he can help them.”

    Tucker the Vikes have signed off the top of my head…

    Sharper
    Favre
    Ferguson
    Walker
    Longwell

  21. johnnycash19 says: Mar 15, 2011 2:15 PM

    “He’s only 28 years old”
    ———–

    28 is pretty old for a RB in the NFL, especially coming off an injury.

  22. JimmySmith says: Mar 15, 2011 2:39 PM

    He’ll be back, no matter how much the Viking fans wish he would sign with them. After all, he wants to win another Superbowl ring, this time actually playing and contributing as opposed to whatever it is the Vikings are doing. Which can be called any number of things except winning a Superbowl.

  23. pftisahalftruth says: Mar 15, 2011 2:40 PM

    blackbelt4d says:
    Mar 15, 2011 2:00 PM
    The real shocker is that PFT didn’t find a way to bash the owners for causing the lockout in this article.
    —————————

    wish i could have given that more than 1 thumbs up!

  24. schmitty2 says: Mar 15, 2011 3:10 PM

    Come to St.Louis Ryan!

  25. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 15, 2011 3:20 PM

    Yeah, they signed Sharper. Two Pro Bowls, not bad. Last I checked, Javon Walker didn’t make the team so I don’t think that really counts.

    So the Packers think a player has nothing left or isn’t worth the money and cut him. Vikings think he can still play and sign him. Player makes Pro Bowl. Who looks dumb here?

    Am I supposed to rip the Packers because they picked up Gilbert Brown?

  26. packerbacker12 says: Mar 16, 2011 12:32 AM

    “Am I supposed to rip the Packers because they picked up Gilbert Brown?”

    Just like you said about Javon Walker, Gilbert Brown didn’t even make the Vikings roster that year so he doesn’t count.

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