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Source: Lions interested in RB Ryan Grant

Posted by ttwentyman on May 3, 2012 – 3:00 pm

In a move to bolster their running back position, the Lions have extended a contract offer to former Packers running back Ryan Grant, a league source confirmed.

Lions running backs Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best are coming off season-ending injuries last year and Grant would add an experienced veteran to a group that also includes Kevin Smith, Joique Bell and Keiland Williams.

Both Leshoure and Best are expected to be fully healthy for the Lions this year, but it’s not a bad idea to add as much depth at the position as possible.

Grant shared running back duties with James Starks last season. Starks carried 133 times for 578 yards (4.3 average) and one touchdown; Grant carried 134 times for 559 yards (4.2 average) and two touchdowns.

Grant, 29, rushed for 4,016 yards and 25 touchdowns during his 63 games with the Packers, adding 92 receptions for 726 yards and two touchdowns.

He rushed for consecutive 1,200-yard seasons with the Packers in 2008 and 2009 before missing all of the 2010 season with an ankle injury.

Grant has yet to accept the Lions’ offer.


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23 Responses to “Source: Lions interested in RB Ryan Grant”

  1. By DR on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Having grant would be an okay pick up!!! They should get tomlinson as well!

  2. By seanje on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Leshoure insurance*

  3. By juice5114 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    i think he would be a welcome addition

  4. By Joe on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why not go after Cedric Benson???? I think he would be better than Grant. I like LT bus he is from the same mold as K-Smith and Best…Need another bruiser. And why the heck have the not looked harder at the FA draft guy they brought in COLEMAN???? He went undrafted and looks like good punishing back. Geez….

  5. By sean on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Grant is ok but, I’d rather get Benson. I think he’s younger but, might cost more $. Which is why they probably went for Grant. I’d still like to see them sign an undrafted RB or try to find one off wavers. That’s where we can strike gold.

  6. By Fred on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think Ladanian Tomlinson could give us one more year. His experience at a high level as one of the games best, could help our young backs in many ways!

  7. By dean on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    hey joe…kevin smith is NOTHING like best. smith runs between the tackles and can get outside. 6’1″ 220 lbs. he hits the holes hard. he alomost knocked himself out last yr running into someone so………

  8. By JumboJim on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    The Milwaukee Journel Sentinel is reporting that the Lions and Ryan Grant have made enough progress in negotiations that Ryan will be flying to Detroit on Sunday and meet with Lions management on Monday. And yes, the Lions would very much like to add Grant to the roster.

    In fact, the MJS is reporting that negotiations have been going so well that a contract could be signed shorthly after Grant meets the Lions management.

    Yes, this would be a solid addtition to the team, go Lions.

  9. By Rivers on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Not a bad pickup for dept but, Mike Tolbert would have solidified the position.

  10. By UnknownWriter on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Lions are going to have to find a big back. 220 lbs or better to force teams to cover inside the tackles and not cheat outside so much on us.

  11. By Casey on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan grant has a 4.3 average in his career. That’d be a great addition.

  12. By JEA on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin Smith sure isn’t like Best. Smith is a horrible back. he doesn’t know how to find a hole the blockers give him and he once in a while gets lucky with a run for some yardage. I think he stinks. Smith spends too much time in the back field playing dancing with the stars instead of running forward. Worst back I have seen in years.

  13. By rebelyankee on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’d rather have a young rookie get a shot as another part of our RB squad, but for the right money it makes sense to have an older vet also. I’d rather have Grant then Benson and it would make me smile knowing we took him from G.B. and he could give us some decent intell on how they want to attack us. I would like Tomlinson most but he would probably be out of range money wise and he doesn’t offer the G.B. plus.

  14. By Alan on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    what about Ronnie Brown???? we tried trading for him last year. He’s a free Agent!!!

  15. By Tom Drury on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    This is a great move! Ryan Grant RB also brings good insight into Green Bays Playbook he was there for awhile and will be motivated to stick it to them !!!

  16. By TONY on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    still wont be able to run between the tackles much until they replace raiola. love the guys heart, but gets shoved around by most nose guards and has trouble picking up blitzes. not that can talk. i couldnt hack it in college. but until the middle of the line is bolstered, the lions are gonna get killed on inside running

  17. By Chris on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    @Tom Drury—I like the way you think!! Plus the three backs will take pressure off eachother so one of them doesn’t have to dominate the ball, thus reducing the probability of injuries. We need a three headed monster(it worked out with the Giants back in ’06), quickness with best, power with LeShoure, and versatility with Grant. I think this could be THE key piece to make this offense complete as long as these guys stay healthy. Defense needs to step up big time this year!

  18. By kalvin nelson on May 5, 2012 | Reply

    We sould have picked up jacobs. Hes still has one or two years left in him,also we need a guy that can get that hard one or two yards on thrid downs . that we are missing and stoping are drives. GO LIONS

  19. By Ed on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    K. Smith pertty much saved this team last season coming UP BIG when we need him. And anyone that says otherwise dosn’t know crap. Period.

  20. By Kimo on May 9, 2012 | Reply

    The running back position is a major reason the team offense struggled last season. So why not go after Benson. He is young andd strong and is in a good frame of mind as of late. Grant is not the player he was years ago and I could seee that very easily last year. He looks to be gun shy now. He will not be any better now that he was for GB, thats why they let him go. WE NEED A POWER RUNNING BACK.

  21. By dkane on May 9, 2012 | Reply

    to the one that says smith likes to dance to munch ……….they was a guy with the name berry that did that alot …………and we all loved him

  22. By DeAngelo on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ryan Grant would be a great addition to the Rb position needed for the lions, just to add a little more depth to the roster. The league is all about using players until there is nothing left so we could milk Grant for all he has leftg and then get out of there because, we have multiple draft rounds each year to select a RB so there is nothing to worry about

  23. By Detroit Lions Junkie on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    I didn’t want him here anyway….

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