ESPN’s John Clayton made an appearance on SportsCenter this afternoon to discuss what’s currently happening with RB Ryan Grant. According to Clayton, Grant is looking for both better compensation as well as a shot at a decent role in the team’s offense, which is why he’ll not be visiting with the Lions in the coming days.
“It now looks like it will not happen because they could not come to at least a close enough monetary agreement,” Clayton said. “To Ryan, it’s not a matter of just the money. Ryan wants to make sure it’s the right situation, as far as if he has the chance to compete for the starting job — if he does have a chance to compete if he can make the right type of money with that. More so than anything else, they just couldn’t come to at least a close enough money agreement that he would make that trip.”
While I can understand why he’s looking for the best opportunity, he should realize that he’s unlikely to find such an offer at this point in the offseason. Veteran running backs have seen their value plummet in recent year’s. There’s still a chance that he could work something out with the Lions, but that would likely require him to lower his expectations.
Last week, Ryan Grant‘s agent Alan Herman mentioned that his client would be meeting with the Detroit Lions on Monday, but according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, no meeting was ever scheduled.
It was also reported that Grant had an offer on the table from the team, but that too appears to be in question now. Herman was unable to reached regarding this issue.
The New England Patriots brought Grant in for a visit, but ultimately chose to sign Joseph Addai in recent days. If the Lions aren’t interested in him, the Packers would appear to be his best opportunity, but there’s still no guarantee that they’ll end up re-signing him.