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Grant Reportedly Has Base Salary Lowered

According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, the Green Bay Packers have restructured the contract of running back Ryan Grant, cutting his base salary from $3.5 million to $2.5 million.

"Grant, who is on the final year of his contract, had a $1 million roster bonus due on the 15th day of the new league year on his previous deal plus $750,000 in total per game roster bonuses ($46,875/game)," writes Caplan. "Grant has the same exact amount ($1.75 million) in bonuses due in the new contract, but it’s not known if the bonus structure is the same or if the roster bonus has been paid or if the date has been pushed back."

With the suggestion that Grant could be cut in favor of keeping fellow running back Dimitri Nance by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, I defer to Sigmund Bloom of FootballGuys.com in trying to apply meaning to the news.

Bloom asked, in essence, "Does that make it more or less likely that Grant would get cut?"

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Jmac34's picture

I say less likely because the main argument for cutting Grant is money and that isn't as much as a problem now.

Jay's picture

But why restructure a contract you're just going to terminate in the near future?

TedTheSledge's picture

Wonder if this partially explains the change in available cap space as reported by PFT. They had us at slightly above 15 mil prior to the Jones/Kuhn deals, their next update dropped us down to 10.1 mil following those, then last Monday they reported we were back up to 13.1. Not saying I totally trust their numbers but I have been scratching my head how the number could have gone back up. The Grant restructure would not seem to account for the 3 million jump, more like 1.8 so maybe there has been another unreported restructure done we have not learned about?

pbmax's picture

I don't imagine cutting Grant after asking him to restructure his contract would go over well in the locker room. But TT and MM don't seem to care about that much (ref. White House, SBXLV Team Photo, etc.).

NoWayJose's picture

Grant won't be cut.

The Packers are in perfect position to get what figures to be one of the last prime years from a RB who's getting up there in age, but still has talent. Great guy to give a lot a reps to early in the season, while saving most of Starks' legs for another battering playoff run.

It should not be discounted how much of Starks' explosive play last year in the playoffs was due to the fact that he had fresh legs. Grant would be perfect to lean on early this season with the same goal in mind.

fishandcrane's picture

yes way, jose

al's picture

good idea, run grant hard with the occasional change up carries to Nance. Starks can play mostly as pass protector on 3rd downs. Then late in the season unleash Starks as the prime running back with fresh legs, and unleash Alex Green in that 3rd down back role with crazy screen passes. By then hopefully Green will have picked up pass protection to the T. Personally I would keep all 4 backs, and Kuhn, and cut quinn johnson.

redlights's picture

You keep Grant (and Flynn) because it makes an additional Lombardi more likely. If Nance couldn't get playing time last year, why is he even on the roster, now?

davyjones's picture

The thought of cutting Grant is seriously ludicrous. That is seriously stretching for a story. There is just no way the Packers cut the one veteran they have in the backfield. He should be fresh this season and have something to prove.

WisconsInExile's picture

Perhaps this is a move to make a trade that includes Grant more enticing? That's the only real sense this makes to me. The Packers agree to lower his base salary by $1 million and them pay him his roster bonus of $1 million early in exchange for Grant restructuring.

Grant now looks like trade bait to me: he's fairly young, proven, on his final contract year, and comes for a 1 year bargain price tag of $2.5 million plus modest bonuses for any team needing a solid 1,200 yards/year back.

TT has played coy regarding trades lately, and I could imagine him finding another (possibly 3-4) team being willing to trade a talented young backup DE plus a late-round pick for Grant.

MarkinMadison's picture

Or it could be that they know they want to keep him, but at a lower price. Grant takes the deal to eliminate any chance of losing game checks due to injury. That works too. It's also the simplest explanation.

Beep's picture

Here is an example of this being a business and not a game. I'm glad that Ryan decided to accept the paycut.

No one should be chastising Chris Johnson in Tennessee for holding out and trying to get his guaranteed money when he can, because next thing you know, you come off an injury and they're cutting your contract or cutting you from the roster.

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