So today we hear that Ryan Grant won't report to training camp without a new deal. And wouldn't you know it, it's Pete Dougherty 'breaking' the news again via discussions with Grant's agent. (I wrote about this previously.)
This is how the game is played. Splash some ink, get some headlines, sway public opinion. And the journalist, in this case Dougherty, gets to break 'news' which is nothing of the kind. No one doubts that Grant will get a new deal before the season, it's just a question of what type and what the numbers are.
Grant is in a unique position, and I don't begrudge he or his agent trying to get while the gettin's good. But Thompson shouldn't just throw money at Grant to make him happy. And with what we know of Thompson, he won't. It will be interesting to see how Thompson plays it, especially after he chose not to renegotiate Javon Walker's contract after a fantastic year. Grant has had one very good half year. So who says Thompson will feel compelled to ante up for a position most people feel is the easiest to fill on offense? (The Packers struggles in finding a starting runner last year notwithstanding) To his credit, Grant isn't saying stupid things in public like Walker did and letting his agent make the waves, which is standard. Both sides will most likely find some common ground before July, but it's always nice to have some new 'news' to read about in March.
UPDATE: Railbird makes a great point regarding Grant's contract demands. Thompson could easily use a first day draft pick on a running back, bringing in serious competition for Grant. It fits with what the team has done as far as creating competition at most roster spots, and I would not be surprised at all, even though he used a second round pick on Brandon Jackson last season. Thompson follows his board, and if there's a back he likes at the spot the Packers are picking, he won't hesitate to pull the trigger.
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