The Green Bay Packers were able to win a Super Bowl with a number of key injuries and minus a productive running game so you would think that having Ryan Grant back for next season would be a much needed upgrade for the teams offense. That may not be the case when you look at the overall situation.
Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com reports that Ryan Grant is due a $1 million bonus on the 15th day of the 2011 NFL season. While that number isn’t exactly a deal breaker for the Packers, Grant’s total salary for the 2011 will be $5.25 million.
Considering that Grant is returning from a pretty serious leg injury that he suffered during the first game of the 2010 season, he will have plenty of questions to answer about his overall ability. Green Bay was able to get some much needed production out of the running game from James Starks during their Super Bowl run so there is no guarantee that Grant will return as the teams featured running back. Head coach Mike McCarthy has already hinted at the possibility that the team will will look to use a tandem running game come next season and the Packers did extend a restricted free agent tender to Brandon Jackson despite early speculation that was could be released.
It would make sense for the Packers to keep Grant because of depth that he could provide the teams offense. Grant will be 28 next year and has a limited amount of miles which also helps his value. Just because they won a Super Bowl without a running a productive running game doesn’t mean that its a winning formula year-in and year-out.
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