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Saints grab Grubbs

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On Wednesday, the Saints lost guard Carl Nicks.  They replaced him quickly.

A league source tells PFT that Ravens guard Ben Grubbs has agreed to terms with the Saints.

The five-year, $36 million contract includes a $10 million signing bonus and $6 million more in fully guaranteed money.

In the end, Grubbs will cost far less than what the Bucs paid for Nicks.  And Grubbs will fill a hole in the interior line that will make life easier for quarterback Drew Brees.  If/when Brees signs a contract and shows up.

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35 Responses to “Saints grab Grubbs”
  1. claydefayette says: Mar 15, 2012 10:33 AM

    Great replacement. Grubbs isn’t as good as Nicks but he’s 28 and he saves the Saints a few extra dollars and that cash will certainly find its way into Roger’s hand.

  2. rc33 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:33 AM

    Great signing.
    Whether he’s as good as Nicks is uncertain but at minimum, he’s in the neighborhood.
    And for the team itself its more important just to have some good news for a change.

  3. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 15, 2012 10:33 AM

    I was hoping they would sign him. Looks like losing Nicks won’t hurt at all.

  4. iberiasaint says: Mar 15, 2012 10:40 AM

    Good pickup to replace Nicks with a savings that will help allow Brees to finalize his deal.

  5. lilrob10201 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:40 AM

    Nice pick up,but where is a Drew Brees contract extension ?

  6. ravenscaps48 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:41 AM

    God Speed, Grubbie

  7. philwauke says: Mar 15, 2012 10:41 AM

    Good trade off.

  8. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 15, 2012 10:42 AM

    Good pick up for the Saints, smart decision for the Ravens.

    Can’t tie up 68 Million in 2 guards….

    He will be missed… but replaced.

  9. Stiller43 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:44 AM

    Smart move by the saints. Let one overpriced guy go and replace him with a similarly talented cheapet guy.

  10. turbodog1027 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:46 AM

    oh yeaaaaaaa baby. Lose the # 1 guard in FA but replace him with the # 2 rated guard for 10 million less. Awesome move by the Saints.

  11. johnnyblumpkin says: Mar 15, 2012 10:47 AM

    Not unexpected. After rewarding Yanda with a big contract, there was no more “big” money for the line. At least not for another guard. I wish Ben well and hope he continues to get better and has a great career.
    Time for Oz to start working his magic on the line.

  12. jason1980 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:48 AM

    That’s what I’m talking about Saints, SUPERBOWL bound!!!

  13. pitchblack816 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:50 AM

    Say it ain’t so Ben……sad to see him go, but we will be okay. Next man up.

  14. stinger9 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:52 AM

    thought he wanted more

  15. stinger9 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    maybe protecting Brees instead of Flacco is all the “more” he needed

  16. thetroofishere says: Mar 15, 2012 10:54 AM

    So, had the Cowboys not been with with the cap penalty, they could have gotten this guy a just 6 million per? Thank you No Funds League.

  17. rocketcrab says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    I had read that the Ravens were thought to offering a contract in the 30-40 million range. Maybe he wanted to play closer to home. I think he’s from Georgia.

  18. samie09 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    great grab. Colston + Grubbs > Nicks.

  19. hpeters77 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    welcome to the who dat nation, protect Brees repeat protect Brees

  20. paulienuts says: Mar 15, 2012 11:16 AM

    Worry not, Who Dats. I heard that a Brees deal has been struck and will be announced after the so-called “bounty” punishments have been revealed.

    This deal with Grubbs should let the haters know the Saints will be contenders AGAIN, regardless of cap isuses. The league can leak stories they don’t have all the facts to back up. They can threaten, and even issue, fines and suspensions. But they will not stop the Saints. If y’all think they played lights-out ball last season…you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

  21. mswravens says: Mar 15, 2012 11:21 AM

    Grubbs is damned good…and tough to see him go. we’re losing a lot of talent in FA so far. BUT, if we sign Evan Mathis and Royal or Ginn as a returner, I’m still happy. the only guy we CANNOT lose is Webb. Who knows, maybe the Colts cut Freeney & we end up with him & Winston…and then we’re REALLY cookin’!!!

  22. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 15, 2012 11:23 AM

    Full disclosure: I’m a ‘Skins fan who wanted Grubbs in DC so this may sound like sour grapes. However, anyone who thinks that Grubbs isn’t a significant downgrade from Nicks is deluding himself. Grubbs is good, but Nicks is a beast.

  23. psuravens19 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:28 AM

    Damn you Ben Grubbs… good luck and thank you for your time in a Ravens uniform.

  24. golonger says: Mar 15, 2012 11:30 AM

    Another in a long line of Ravens who sign with another team and will essentially do nothing.How many times have we seen this?

    When are these GMs going to learn it isn’t the players that makes the Ravens, it’s the Ravens that make these players.

  25. moagecu says: Mar 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    samie09 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 10:56 AM
    great grab. Colston + Grubbs > Nicks.

    ____________

    This makes no sense.

    Colston + Grubbs > Nicks… do you forget that Nicks and Colston were on the same team together…. so is it Colston + Grubbs = Colston + Nicks?

    Or Colston + Grubbs < Colston + Nicks?

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 15, 2012 11:46 AM

    @ golonger says:

    couldnt agree more..
    Its about the team philosophy & coaching..
    success in one city does not automatically transfer to success in another.. ESPECIALLY ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE..

    just look at SanFrancisco from 2010 to 2011,, same players ,, different mentality..

    ^^this is why the V.Jackson contract cracks me up.. you think his chemistry with rivers didnt count for that production??

  27. storebrandcookies says: Mar 15, 2012 12:06 PM

    Don’t know much about Grubbs but he is a beast in Online Madden, opening holes for Ray Rice.

  28. turbodog1027 says: Mar 15, 2012 12:07 PM

    rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 15, 2012 11:23 AM

    Full disclosure: I’m a ‘Skins fan who wanted Grubbs in DC so this may sound like sour grapes. However, anyone who thinks that Grubbs isn’t a significant downgrade from Nicks is deluding himself. Grubbs is good, but Nicks is a beast.

    Nicks is great but saints were concerned about how he would play after the big contract. He must have said he wanted to be the highest paid guard in the league a hundred times. What happens in 2 years when somebody signs a bigger contract? Bet he sulks

  29. darthsaint says: Mar 15, 2012 12:41 PM

    @Turbodog1027

    While there are multiple reports that the Saints had concern that Nicks may play differently than when he was hungry for his big dollar contract. There is no proof that he will be a headcase each year. Bucs got a great player, no two ways about it. Saints offered what Nicks called a respectable offer. In the end, the Bucs had the CAP space to offer more. I do however agree with what several sports writers have pointed out. Does 5-6 million make you ok with playing on a losing team? Waltersfootball.com actually showed some decent arguments to their point that players that sign only for money and not winning, tend to fall off considerably. I am not saying that happens…but it is food for thought.

    As for Grubbs, he was always on the radar. I think the Saints knew all along that if Nicks didn’t sign when offered, he’d be gone and chasing top dollar. Grubbs was already scheduled for a visit before Nicks even visited Tampa. in the end, the Saints grabbed the #2 guard in FA to fill their need. It is still a loss…but much better than just losing Nicks and not signing a top notch guard to fill the hole.

  30. darthsaint says: Mar 15, 2012 12:45 PM

    One more point…Nicks played on his rookie 5th round draft contract and never showed late for practice or off-season activities. That with being rated a top 5 guard 3 of the last 4 seasons. So the idea that each year he will want more money based on that years FA contracts, I don’t think there is any merit to it. Once again, Bucs got a great player. As a Saints fan…that is NOT easy to admit. =) Wish him ALL the best…except twice a year. Once a Saint always a Saint.

  31. turbodog1027 says: Mar 15, 2012 1:07 PM

    @darthsaint, I agree completely. Usually when a player talks about wanting to be the highest paid, obviously it’s all about money to him and usually…the production after the contract is signed drops off quitea bit. Nicks had some trouble in the past in college thus why he dropped to the 4th rd. he’ll still be good but i bet his best blocking is behind him. I just hope the same won’t be said for Grubbs

  32. clayton43 says: Mar 15, 2012 1:41 PM

    wooohhooo… way to go Saints !! Now Mcclain just needs to leave the Ravens and it shall be a good offseason !!

  33. gotcaughtcheating says: Mar 15, 2012 3:35 PM

    golonger says:
    Mar 15, 2012 11:30 AM
    Another in a long line of Ravens who sign with another team and will essentially do nothing.How many times have we seen this?

    When are these GMs going to learn it isn’t the players that makes the Ravens, it’s the Ravens that make these players.
    —-

    Yeah Priest Holmes was a horrible pick up for the Chiefs. Plus the Ravens and their ‘best in the business GM’ have been nails with their awarding millions of dollars to Elvis Grbac, TJ Houshmanzada, and Lee Evans, to name a few.

  34. raqaiw says: Mar 15, 2012 5:47 PM

    @gotcaughtcheating:The list of players to leave the Ravens and bomb is FAR longer than the list of players to leave and play well. His playing well for the Chiegd didn’t exactly do much for them in W’s either,and he got replaced by Larry Johnson pretty quickly. Golonger’s point stands.

  35. vtopa says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 PM

    Oh Saints haters….we re-signed Colston, picked up Grubbs, going after Loftin. Are you scared that all your hate and hope for the Saints’ demise was premature? Are you Scaaaaaaarrrreeeddd that they will WIN THE SUPERBOWL?? Bwaahahahah!!!!!!!

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