With the announcement of the signing of five tryout players on Monday and the release of one holdover from 2011, the Green Bay Packers met their 90-man offseason roster limit on Monday.
That means there’s no currently no room for a free agent like running back Ryan Grant unless the Packers were to cut another player to make room for him. Defensive lineman Howard Green is in the same boat.
Certainly, cutting a player to make room for Grant is not an unheard of situation. The Packers, for example, cut offensive lineman Chris Campbell––a practice squad player in 2010 and 2011––to make room for an extra tryout player earlier in the day.
Things could change at a moment’s notice, but Grant’s future in Green Bay is not looking particularly promising at the moment.
While the Packers have not appeared to shut the door entirely on Grant, they certainly don’t seem eager to sign the unrestricted free agent either.
Without asking him, it’s impossible to get inside Grant’s mind. Perhaps the Packers were and are willing to sign Grant to a minimal contract, but the veteran is too proud to accept anything less than a certain threshold he’s seeking.
Word from Grant’s agent is that his client turned down an opportunity for a free agent visit with the Detroit Lions when their offer was too low, but another report had the Lions denying there was ever a visit scheduled to begin with.
Depending on who’s story you’re willing to believe, it could come down to whether Grant is willing to retire rather than accept any offer that comes along, regardless of team. Interest in Grant––at least interest that’s been reported––hasn’t been overwhelming.
Working in Grant’s favor is that he’s experienced and healthy, as opposed to most of the current running backs on the Packers roster who are still young like James Starks, Brandon Saine and the undrafted rookies, or Alex Green who coming off a torn ACL that forced him to end last season on injured reserve.
Grant could miss the entirety of the offseason program, be signed in July and pick up where he left off with barely missing a beat.