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Ryan Grant feels fine about his pay cut

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Packers running back Ryan Grant agreed to a $1 million pay cut this month, but he says he’s OK with how things worked out, especially after the team agreed to guarantee his $2.5 million base salary.

“Nobody wants to lose any money, but at the same time you have to look at the situation,” Grant said Sunday. “I’m not the first person to [take a pay cut], I won’t be the last person to do it. We’ll see how it pans out. The fact that it’s guaranteed makes you feel good they’re willing to do that as an organization.”

Grant will turn 29 this season and is coming off a broken ankle that limited him to one game last year, and he realizes that he’s already getting old by running back standards.

“Our position is a little different than other positions,” Grant said. “You’re seeing that with some of the backs around the league. The age thing, they have a tag on it, so when you look at backs at 25, 26, that’s usually the age guys want that new deal. I was fortunate enough; I think I got mine when I was 25. You see that around the league, but it’s a weird thing with us, the likelihood of us getting injured is pretty high.”

Ultimately, Grant said, getting a pay cut or getting cut is just part of playing in the NFL.

“At some point in time, it doesn’t matter who you are, they’re going to ask you to leave,” Grant said.

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14 Responses to “Ryan Grant feels fine about his pay cut”
  1. hooks024 says: Aug 29, 2011 7:31 AM

    And to think this kid sat at# 4 on the 07 giants preseason depth chart, then got traded before the season. Glad to see him get that ring last year that he missed out on in ny.

  2. jimmysee says: Aug 29, 2011 7:54 AM

    Grant really did not play last year — if the ankle is really healed, he is coming in with really fresh legs.

  3. jpb12 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:11 AM

    He must have the same agent as Kellen Clemens

  4. dirtdawg55 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:40 AM

    Players, heck people, come in two basic forms: grateful or ingrate. One feels blessed, regardless of the challenges put in front of them. The other constantly feels screwed over, as if the world owes them something. One recognizes they share the world with six billion other human beings. The other thinks they are the world. One is humble and selfless. The other is arrogant and selfish.

  5. thejuddstir says: Aug 29, 2011 9:41 AM

    It sounds like it was a pretty easy deal for TT to do when you’re dealing with a guy that has such low self-esteem and self-worth. “Here, take my paycheck, I’ll play for peanuts………..”. I will give the Packers organization credit though, they are one of the best at getting players to buy into the “team spirit” and then use that “allegiance” to milk these players before unceremoniously discarding them like yesterday’s news.

  6. beedubyatoo says: Aug 29, 2011 10:00 AM

    $2.5 million guaranteed is peanuts? Pass the peanuts, please.

  7. buhbay1c says: Aug 29, 2011 10:02 AM

    This is ridiculous. No player that has to call Green Bay home for 6 months of the year should have his pay cut. Isn’t it bad enough he plays in a town with the least intelligent and least attractive fans in the NFL?

  8. jp7794 says: Aug 29, 2011 10:03 AM

    I wouldn’t call $2,500,000 (guaranteed) peanuts.

  9. seabreezes51 says: Aug 29, 2011 10:14 AM

    hejuddstir says: Aug 29, 2011 9:41 AM

    It sounds like it was a pretty easy deal for TT to do when you’re dealing with a guy that has such low self-esteem and self-worth. “Here, take my paycheck, I’ll play for peanuts………..”

    Blah blah blah
    —————————-

    2.5 million guaranteed is a nice bag o’ peanuts….

  10. sakatak says: Aug 29, 2011 10:32 AM

    I bet dirtdawg55 is a grateful person and thejuddstir is an ingrate. Thumbs up if you are grateful, thumbs down if you are an ingrate.

  11. scudbot says: Aug 29, 2011 10:37 AM

    thejuddstir: Vikings suck, Vikings organization sucks, Vikings are having their players give away tix because the Vikings fans suck. But thanks for your advice on how to run a successful team.

  12. crise40g says: Aug 29, 2011 1:11 PM

    Hopefully he can hold off Starks, Nance and Green.

  13. teal379 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:56 PM

    Well to be honest – he’s a RB on a team BUILT to pass the ball and pass often. So he has reduced touches.

    Of those touches available – he’s sharing them with Starks and possibly Green. So he’s looking at even less than normal.

    2.5 million, guaranteed at his age and off that injury – pretty good pay considering he might, MIGHT touch the ball all of 9 times a game.

  14. schemefactory says: Aug 31, 2011 3:26 PM

    buhbay1c says: Aug 29, 2011 10:02 AM

    This is ridiculous. No player that has to call Green Bay home for 6 months of the year should have his pay cut. Isn’t it bad enough he plays in a town with the least intelligent and least attractive fans in the NFL?

    um, have you ever seen the camera pan over a houston crowd. woof. and if they’re as dumb as they are ugly, it’s like the movie “idiocracy” up in that place.

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