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Lions make an offer to Ryan Grant

Ryan Grant, Justin Houston AP

The agent for free agent running back Ryan Grant said before the draft that Grant didn’t have anything going on with his old team, the Packers, but did have some interest from other teams. Now another of those teams has been identified: The Lions, who have offered Grant a contract.

Tim Twentyman writes at the Lions’ website that Grant has been offered a deal by the Lions, who are still trying to add depth at running back.

The running back position is unsettled for the Lions. Last year’s second-round draft pick, Mikel Leshoure, missed the entire season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and has been arrested twice this year for marijuana possession. Jahvid Best, who opened the season as the Lions’ starter, has a troubling history of concussions that has called his future into question. Kevin Smith performed adequately when the Lions picked him off the street after Best’s second concussion of last season, but the Lions seem to view him more as a stopgap in case of emergency than a No. 1 running back.

That could leave room on the roster for Grant, who split the running back duties with James Starks in Green Bay last season and finished with 134 carries for 559 yards.

Last year the Lions attempted to make a move at the running back position just before the trade deadline by trading running back Jerome Harrison and a seventh-round draft pick to the Eagles for running back Ronnie Brown. But Harrison failed a physical because of a brain tumor and the trade was voided. This year there has been no word on the Lions making an offer to Brown, even though Brown is available as a free agency. There has also been no word about the health of Harrison.

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29 Responses to “Lions make an offer to Ryan Grant”
  1. mrchrismoney says: May 3, 2012 3:16 PM

    Depth at the position certainly helps. But it won’t matter if he’s as injury prone as the rest of the backfield in Detroit.

  2. deeeeetroit says: May 3, 2012 3:16 PM

    oooh then we can get all the inside secrets on how to stop the GB running game!

  3. irishgary says: May 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Funny how the Lions and Vikings go after the Packers throw aways.

  4. lionpride10 says: May 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Would be a good pick up, I think grant still has some gas in the tank

  5. zingo1978 says: May 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    oooh then we can get all the inside secrets on how to stop the GB running game!
    ____________________________________

    Did they even call a running play against us last year?? If they did, I think it basically went something like this:

    Aaron Rogers gets under center, sees that he’s playing Detroit’s secondary, audibles to a pass play and throws wherever he wants.

  6. dino2997 says: May 3, 2012 3:45 PM

    deeeeetroit says:
    May 3, 2012 3:16 PM
    oooh then we can get all the inside secrets on how to stop the GB running game!

    —————————————————-

    GB has a running game? For that matter do the Lions?

  7. clarkisgod says: May 3, 2012 3:56 PM

    irishgary says:May 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Funny how the Lions and Vikings go after the Packers throw aways.

    Im a Packer fan, but that comment is stupid. Are these guys supoosed to merely retire when GB doesn’t want them anymore?

  8. ruvelligwebuike says: May 3, 2012 3:59 PM

    “oooh then we can get all the inside secrets on how to stop the GB running game!”
    ———————

    It’s simple. All the Lions have to do is email a copy of their secondary’s depth chart to the opposing team, and trust me, they won’t bother running the ball.

  9. klunge says: May 3, 2012 3:59 PM

    deeeeetroit says:
    May 3, 2012 3:16 PM
    oooh then we can get all the inside secrets on how to stop the GB running game!
    ————————————————-
    The secret to stopping the running game is to just leave the same personnel in the secondary. Nobody will bother running it…

    Grant has potential, but he has been injured plenty himself. Guess Mayhew figures he’ll just keep a stable of injury prone RBs and just use one til he goes down then toss in another, and repeat as necessary.

  10. thepvyharvin says: May 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    irishgary says:
    May 3, 2012 3:28 PM
    Funny how the Lions and Vikings go after the Packers throw aways.
    ====================================
    Funny how ex Packers excel when going to a real team like the Vikings,,,see Favre’s best statistical season,,Sharper,Longwell

  11. detroitcityryda says: May 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    Would be a great pick up sharing the load with lashoure ,best would be a screen pass guy and to confuse defenses .and smith will be rarely used .

  12. firethorn1001 says: May 3, 2012 4:09 PM

    ‘Would be a good pick up, I think grant still has some gas in the tank’
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    There are probably some Yugos that are scattered around the US that still have gas left in the tank. Doesn’t mean you want them.

    Grant has pedestrian speed at best. At best you hope for some veteran leadership, but that is your best case scenario.

  13. tigers182 says: May 3, 2012 4:17 PM

    Funny how the Packers go after the Colts throw-aways.

  14. beckzhere says: May 3, 2012 4:26 PM

    It’s a real shame about Leshoure. He has all the potential to be a real stud in the NFL.

  15. jayomofo says: May 3, 2012 4:29 PM

    The Lions run the ball?

  16. packerfanfordecades says: May 3, 2012 4:33 PM

    It was sad to see Ryan leave because he had been
    an important part of our team.

    He got hurt.

    Then last year it seemed that he was never able to bounce off the pile and turn a 1 yard gain into a 12 yard gain. That, or the ability to quickly change course to avoid the pile, is the only way to get average yards per carry up high enough to sustain a run game.

    So, I guess I can understand the Packers’ thinking on Ryan for this next season.
    .

  17. lbpackfan says: May 3, 2012 4:37 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    May 3, 2012 4:04 PM
    irishgary says:
    May 3, 2012 3:28 PM
    Funny how the Lions and Vikings go after the Packers throw aways.
    ====================================
    Funny how ex Packers excel when going to a real team like the Vikings,,,see Favre’s best statistical season,,Sharper,Longwell

    —————————————————-

    Does that best statistical season include the playoffs? I sorta recall a pass hitting Tracy Porter square in the chest…and another pass of Favre’s earlier landing in the hands of a Saints player…and a muffed hand off in the red zone to Adrian Peterson at end of 1st half vs Saints…yeah, that’s good stuff right there!

  18. Revolution22 says: May 3, 2012 4:39 PM

    “Funny how ex Packers excel when going to a real team like the Vikings,,,see Favre’s best statistical season,,”

    Lol. See the season right after…

  19. jayomofo says: May 3, 2012 4:45 PM

    Funny how ex Packers excel when going to a real team like the Vikings,,,see Favre’s best statistical season,,Sharper,Longwell

    __________________________

    Couldn’t agree more.

  20. garrison1981 says: May 3, 2012 4:46 PM

    irishgary says:
    May 3, 2012 3:28 PM
    Funny how the Lions and Vikings go after the Packers throw aways. What’s even funnier is I can’t think of one Packers we’ve taken in years so please enlighten me Mr. Fudgepacker!

  21. kidpresentable says: May 3, 2012 4:56 PM

    “Funny how ex Packers excel when going to a real team like the Vikings,,,see Favre’s best statistical season,,Sharper,Longwell”

    Yeah, they can barely lift their hands with all of those Viking Super Bowl rings on their fingers.

  22. minnesconsin says: May 3, 2012 5:05 PM

    packerfanfordecades says:

    Then last year it seemed that he was never able to bounce off the pile and turn a 1 yard gain into a 12 yard gain. That, or the ability to quickly change course to avoid the pile, is the only way to get average yards per carry up high enough to sustain a run game.
    ——————–

    While I agree with the decision to let Grant walk, the above isn’t true to any greater extent that it is for James Starks. The only thing that makes Starks more valuable at this time is his youth. 2011 stats for the two:

    Grant: 134 carries; 559 yds; 2 TDs; 47 long

    Starks: 133 carries; 578 yds; 1 TD; 40 long

    I’d actually give the edge to Grant last year — he took a screen pass 80 yards for a touchdown. Starks’ long reception went for 17.

    I’m not saying Grant is the answer — I’m just saying Starks isn’t much better.

  23. rushbacker says: May 3, 2012 6:22 PM

    I don’t understand why Detroit is so quick to write off Kevin Smith. He was a well-regarded, highly-drafted prospect just a few years ago. I thought they gave up on him too quickly the first time, and can’t figure out why they don’t seem interested in giving him much of a role going forward after he performed very well last year under tough circumstances. He came in with no training camp and was very effective down the stretch– in limited action (four starts) he ran for 4.9 YPC, caught 22 passes at 8.1 yards per clip, and scored seven touchdowns. I’d have thought that would be good enough to at least go into camp as the number one guy (pending Best’s health status, obviously), but the Lions apparently don’t feel that way.

  24. thousandcasts says: May 3, 2012 7:28 PM

    I don’t care if he can’t turn a one yard gain into 12…the Lions just need a RB who can actually get that one yard when it’s 3rd and inches. They sure didn’t have that last year. If they have to go through 10 guys to find one that can just get that first down, then so be it. Who else is out there…sign them too!

  25. kappy32 says: May 3, 2012 8:39 PM

    Not a Lions fan, but that would be a good fit. There’s a very good chance Best will never become a featured back not only because of his injuries, but also because he can’t run the ball between the tackles. Leshoure will be back this year, but I’m not sold on him. I watch college football religiously & I was very unimpressed with him at Illinois. Leshoure seems to lack the burst & one/two step acceleration needed for a RB to be successful in the NFL. Ryan Grant is a great story (coming from Giants practice squad to 1,000 yard rusher for GB), but even more than his story, he’s a damn good RB. He struggled last year because he was coming off that ankle injury & he was splitting duties with James Starks. I expect Grant to come back at full health & return to his 2008-2009 form. The team that signs him will be getting a pretty good bargain considering that he’s probably only going to get a one year, incentive-laden deal with a small base number. Grant is one of my favorite college football players from the past decade at Notre Dame & I really wish the guy luck & success returning to the back I know he can be.

  26. mail man says: May 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    He was the 17th best RB in the league by the only stat that matters (yards per attempt). Definitely an upgrade for the Lions, also in terms of improving the character of the team. Grant will never cause trouble

  27. irishgary says: May 4, 2012 7:23 AM

    @clarkisgod,

    obviously your reading comprehension is incredibly low. The knock was on the Viking and Lions, not any Packer players. I’m sure you can’t be a real Packer fan.

  28. dewalt2990 says: May 4, 2012 7:27 AM

    Mayhew/Schwartz perceive injuries as random occurrences. As long as he passes the doctor’s tests on Sunday and Monday, he’ll probably be a Lion.

  29. dewalt2990 says: May 4, 2012 7:32 AM

    Best CAN run between the tackles. Considering our horrid run blocking…stat sites like football outsiders will tell you Jahvid and Smith had above average production even with the run blocking being so bad.

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