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Signs point toward Grant returning in Green Bay

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We mentioned earlier this offseason that the Packers would have a decision to make on Ryan Grant when the lockout ends, because he has a roster bonus early in the league year and a reasonably high salary.

We guessed back then the decision would not be a difficult one, with Grant likely to stay.  Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay-Press Gazette writes that “all signs” point to Grant returning to the squad.

Packers brass have openly said Grant and James Starks will share the workload.   Rookie third-round pick Alex Green could be the third down back, and it’s possible the team will re-sign Brandon Jackson.

Grant is set to make $5.25 million in the final year of his contract.  2011 may be his final season in Green Bay, but that’s a fair number to pay a player with his talent and experience when you are gunning for a Super Bowl repeat.

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34 Responses to “Signs point toward Grant returning in Green Bay”
  1. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 15, 2011 1:45 PM

    ” 2011 may be his final season in Green Bay, but that’s a fair number to pay a player with his talent and experience when you are gunning for a Super Bowl repeat.”

    ***************************************

    Umm, haven’t you heard?
    Rex Ryan already crowned the Jets as Super Bowl champs………..AGAIN

  2. flyboy123456 says: May 15, 2011 1:47 PM

    GB – 3 peat. If they don’t , it’ll be from lack of desire and not talent. This team is loaded so the pressure to perform will increase dramatically from here.

  3. scudbot says: May 15, 2011 1:51 PM

    That’s the Packer way. Work hard, produce, be rewarded. An environment like that sends a message to younger players and they know that Ted’s unlikely to bring in a high buck free agent to bump them out of their shots at success.

  4. ilpackerbacker says: May 15, 2011 1:51 PM

    I’d like to know what pervy thinks, about the fact that Grant has a ring, and Adrian doesn’t, and never will, LOL.

    Thanks, Tracy Porter. Thanks, Ted.

  5. shieldsisland37 says: May 15, 2011 1:52 PM

    As a die hard Packer fan I can say that Ryan Grant sucks. Starks broke tackles and brought explosiveness that Grant never did. That all being said, Green will be the starter by week 4. Green is the most “talented” back on the roster and he will be great for us.

  6. davekiid says: May 15, 2011 2:06 PM

    Good he is well deserving of the money and another year in Green Bay.

  7. Dynasty says: May 15, 2011 2:27 PM

    Look for Big Fantasy year from Grant.

  8. packers291 says: May 15, 2011 2:30 PM

    Grant is a better back than Starks, hands down. More burst, more power. After watching starks I commonly thought of him as a poor man’s Grant, with similar style but a little less speed and power. Starks should be kept as an insurance in case Grant goes down again, but having them split carries is really hurting the team as Grant should get the bulk of the carries if we want to maximize our running game.

    That being said—a Grant + Starks 1-2 punch is still light years ahead of where we were when they were both off the active roster last year. Jackson + Kuhn just doesn’t get the job done.

  9. moneymike23 says: May 15, 2011 2:44 PM

    Brandon Jackson is awful, they should do themselves a favor and let him walk. Can’t believe they actually considered him their RB of the future before Grant came along.

  10. vikescry1 says: May 15, 2011 2:56 PM

    @shieldsisland37 ryan grant sucks? 1200 yards a year 3 years in a row if that sucks i’d like to know what you consider good? if ryan sucks then why did the pack have such a hard time running the ball after he went down? plain and simple here, YOUR A TURD! learn the game before you comment.

  11. buckybadger says: May 15, 2011 3:04 PM

    flyboy123456 says:
    May 15, 2011 1:47 PM
    GB – 3 peat. If they don’t , it’ll be from lack of desire and not talent. This team is loaded so the pressure to perform will increase dramatically from here.

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    This is really an ignorant thing to say. You don’t know what each year will bring and what young team will break out. They will contend for the next 5 but to say if they don’t win 3 in a row, something that hasn’t been done since the Packers of the 60s, it will only be due to a lack of desire is just plain dumb.

  12. jimmysee says: May 15, 2011 3:06 PM

    We’ll be seeing a lot of Green in those exhibition games — shold be fun to watch the kid!

  13. prmpft says: May 15, 2011 3:21 PM

    …their downward spiral will begin on 8 September – WHO DAT!…

  14. tangysizzl says: May 15, 2011 3:21 PM

    To say Grant sucks is just not reality. Sucky players don’t put up back to back 1200 yrd seasons, especially on a team that is pass happy with an oline built for pass blocking.

    How can you watch Grant and Starks run and conclude that Grant has more power than Starks? Grant does not break tackles very often and usually goes down on first contact, whereas Starks hardly ever goes down from the first hit and does break tackles.

    I love my fellow Packer Fans but those two comments are not based on the facts. Sorry.

  15. 52sackmachine says: May 15, 2011 3:48 PM

    Grant is a good back, but not a great back. He probaly is the best back they currently have. Yes Starks, carried the running attack during the playoffs. But he never really started a full season. That said, even Brandon Jackson had his chance, and packer fans found out he is not starting matieral. I fully believe Grant will start, and Green and Starks will be the backups with Kuhn as the fullback. No need for Brandon Jackson, or Quinn Johnson, and even Korey Hall. The running game will be fine. As for Nance he will be on the practice squad. Packers offense will demolish the the vikings, defense, and the packers defense will kill the vikings offense! Especially with minnesota most likely going with a rookie nobody as a qb.

  16. packers291 says: May 15, 2011 3:49 PM

    tangysizzl says:
    May 15, 2011 3:21 PM
    To say Grant sucks is just not reality. Sucky players don’t put up back to back 1200 yrd seasons, especially on a team that is pass happy with an oline built for pass blocking.

    How can you watch Grant and Starks run and conclude that Grant has more power than Starks? Grant does not break tackles very often and usually goes down on first contact, whereas Starks hardly ever goes down from the first hit and does break tackles.

    I love my fellow Packer Fans but those two comments are not based on the facts. Sorry.

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    You’re right—my claim of Grant’s better power was not evidence backing, per se; I was merely going off of what I remember seeing, which is relatively subjective.

    Both backs seem to be the type who always fall forward—getting those extra 1 or 2 yards at the end of a run. I just remember Starks going down on some breakaways that were very similar to ones that Grant has taken to the house. Then again the sample size on Stark’s runs is too small to really make a valid conclusion as to who is more powerful thus far.

  17. stavreafavre says: May 15, 2011 4:27 PM

    Vikescry1, I actually think you’re right. That said, it also doesn’t hurt to learn grammar before you comment.

  18. stellarperformance says: May 15, 2011 5:05 PM

    Starks looked green and nervous last season, but got better and more confident each week. Grant and Starks will make a great combination for Rodgers to utilize. This upcoming season is where coaches make their money….keeping everybody focused to do it again. It’s not easy to repeat, not because of the obvious, but because of the lack of motivation that can creep into a team after winning it all.

  19. henrypuppyhead says: May 15, 2011 5:13 PM

    shieldsisland37 says: May 15, 2011 1:52 PM

    As a die hard Packer fan I can say that Ryan Grant sucks. Starks broke tackles and brought explosiveness that Grant never did. That all being said, Green will be the starter by week 4. Green is the most “talented” back on the roster and he will be great for us.

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    Keep your lack of football knowledge to yourself, you’re embarrassing the rest of Packerdom.

    First, Grant is a one cut runner. Always has been, always will be. 1200 yards churned out the hard way is nothing to sneeze at. Grant was originally brought in when the Packers tried to implement the ZBS. He’s a workhorse.

    Starks has some more shake to him and really showed up for a kid that didn’t play at all in the first half of the season.

    Green will be nothing more than a third down back, ST returner. He is a incredible receiver for a big guy and his yards at Hawaii are mirage due to June Jones run and shoot offense. Teach him how to proper pick up the blitz and he will do more damage in the passing game than the running game.

    I wish we had more sucky 1200 yard per season rushers like Grant.

  20. loytomaki says: May 15, 2011 6:06 PM

    Glad to see him come back He is the surest RB on the roster, three 1200 yard season in a row before the injury. It does not seem to be the type of injury that will derail his career.

    Starks showed some promise, but he did not do enough to even be considered the 1st string RB yet. What flashes he did show look like he may have the potential to be better then Grant but too few games to judge him effectively.

    My concern is what this means about Kuhn. He was a fan favorite guy who played RB when he was really more of a FB. His versatility is what let him make the team, if they decide to keep Jackson along with the 3rd round pick, Starks, and Grant they might opt for a more pure fullback which would kind of suck. (I like Kuhn)

  21. packers291 says: May 15, 2011 6:06 PM

    Please please please just make sure that we have a back who can pass block. BJ was very good at this—and with Green missing OTAs there is no telling how prepared he will be to jump into our blocking scheme.

  22. PurpleRaid18 says: May 15, 2011 6:24 PM

    Why shouldn’t he? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Vikings fan but I’m certainly aware that Green Bay is stacked with talent – Grant had back to back 1200 yard seasons and as much as they throw the ball – Starks/Grant will make a fine duo.

  23. qoojo says: May 15, 2011 7:38 PM

    I think people don’t give Grant his due. I mean it was hard to not notice the considerable drop off in the run game without him. He has had some really good seasons with GB running the ball, and he still doesn’t get any respect at all.

  24. vikescry1 says: May 15, 2011 8:10 PM

    @stavrealfavre oh i’m sorry next tyme i will tak mor tyme wen righting k. jus wanna make u hapy.

  25. 1stngoal says: May 15, 2011 9:26 PM

    I don’t want to debate whether Grant is better than Starks, the bottom line is both are perfect fits for the Packers zone-stretch scheme, the one clear advantage for Starks is he is a lot younger than Grant.

    One thing is for sure, the Pack will have a strong stable of RB’s next year with Grant, Starks, Green, and hopefully John Kuhn…

  26. shieldsisland37 says: May 15, 2011 11:27 PM

    Omg Grant had a few 1200 yard seasons? really? wow, that means he averaged 75 yards a game? Oh wow, that is so much. What a hall of famer all pro. How dare I say he is not very good. Your right, he is so good that we can rest our franchise on him and not draft a high potential rb in the 3rd round. Oh wait, we did draft a high potential rb in the 3rd round? So does that mean that a 75 yard a game average rb with no moves or power and a fumbling problem might not be our long term solution? Wow, hmmm, yea Im way off base here. Look Grant is serviceable, he does not suck per se, but give me a break. He is not a top 20 rb in this league and if you think so you are lying to yourself. Green has power and moves that Grant can only dream of. If you disagree then fine, that is your right, but to act like I dont know football because I dont think Ryan Grant should be our starter than you are obviously not seeing things clearly. Thinking Ryan Grant can be upstaged by Green is completely realistic.

  27. rajbais says: May 15, 2011 11:35 PM

    Rosenthal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brandon Jackson said that this was his last ride in Green Bay!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why is he re-signing????

    Your colleague MDS said this on Jan. 14, 2011.

    “‘I enjoyed my opportunities here,’ Jackson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. ‘And I really don’t know what’s going to happen. But if it’s here, hey, I’m glad to be here. If it’s somewhere else, then I’ll take it somewhere else.’

    Jackson becomes a free agent this offseason, and he says the Packers have said nothing to him about a new contract.”

    Rosenthal, learn how to do your homework because your job is easy because your crap is all relied on Google!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. pigeonpea says: May 16, 2011 12:03 AM

    I seem to recall that Starks was one of the key reasons the Packers went all the way last season. If Grant returns to pre-injury form, those two will make a great duo in the backfield. Green Bay doesn’t need an AP in the backfield, they just need a decent running game to keep opposing defenses honest in order to open up their receivers. With both Grant and Finley being thrown back into the mix, the Packers are going to have a very potent offense hitting the field in September.

  29. brewdogg says: May 16, 2011 12:20 AM

    shieldsisland37 says:
    May 15, 2011 1:52 PM
    As a die hard Packer fan I can say that Ryan Grant sucks. Starks broke tackles and brought explosiveness that Grant never did. That all being said, Green will be the starter by week 4. Green is the most “talented” back on the roster and he will be great for us.
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    Uhhh…. No offense, but I seriously doubt Green will beat out Grant or Starks. Don’t get me wrong, he has good abilities, but what you can expect from him is a short-yardage back and possibly a 3rd-down back. Which is kind of a sick combination….. If he shows good ability with blitz pick-up, it would be awfully hard to adequately deploy a D for 3rd-short with him in the backfield. But he really hasn’t displayed the vision or instincts to run outside the tackles, making him less than ideal for every-down work.

    Personally, I like Grant, especially since that little episode with the car company before the Brewers game. I hope he gets his job back, at least for a season or two. However, if he does, and Green fills the short-yardage role, it would be a real bummer to see Kuhn squeezed out.

    It really pisses me off to see the Packers having these “problems”…..

  30. timunga says: May 16, 2011 12:45 AM

    YOTTO; Finley. Why would we worry about the run? Pass pass pass.

  31. ginnitti says: May 16, 2011 6:42 AM

    This is Grant’s job to lose. He’s the only RB on this team earning a veteran’s salary. Starks is signed 4 years $1.89 million through 2013, and Jackon just ended a 4 year $2.805 million deal. It makes sense to let Grant play this season out as the featured back, with an injury-prone Starks filling in the blanks. Jackson is the odd-man out here moving foward.

    Source: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/green-bay-packers/

  32. mneal69 says: May 16, 2011 7:12 AM

    Green will be nothing more than a third down back, ST returner. He is a incredible receiver for a big guy and his yards at Hawaii are mirage due to June Jones run and shoot offense. Teach him how to proper pick up the blitz and he will do more damage in the passing game than the running game.
    _________________________________

    June Jones has been at SMU for the past several years.

  33. gregjennings85 says: May 16, 2011 10:28 AM

    Let’s break it down:
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    James Starks – much stronger on contact. Can break tackles, and with our offense focused on passing mainly, we need a back like him that gets whatever yardage he can, and always falls forward.

    Pluses: Hands, blitz pickup, ruggedness, vision, ball-security.

    Minuses: Needs to protect his body better (with some carefully-placed bulk), or he won’t hold up, even though he is still very young.
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    Ryan Grant – While he doesn’t have a terrible amount of mileage on his tires, he has been oft-injured. The clincher is that he seems virtually incapable of breaking leg tackles, and always seems to get tripped up in traffic.

    Pluses: straight-line speed, burst, ball-security.

    Minuses: Lacks wiggle, and has hands of stone. Major ankle injury (and subsequent surgery) last year is a concern for a soon-to-be 29-year-old RB.
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    The choice is clear…

    James Starks.

  34. packers291 says: May 16, 2011 7:30 PM

    gregjennings85—

    starks had a couple good games, and thats it. I’ll admit he has quite a bit of promise, but to crown him now is a little premature.

    I just hope the coaches give the best player the job—regardless of age or salary. Luckily we have MM and TT at the helm who have a pretty good track record of evaluating talent.

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