After visiting the New England Patriots less than two weeks ago, free-agent running back Ryan Grant is believed to be mulling an offer from the Detroit Lions.
According to Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee, Grant is considering a contract offer from the Packers NFC North rivals.
Grant, who visited the New England Patriots on April 20 and is thought to have received an offer from them, is now considering an offer from the Packers’ NFC North division rival Detroit Lions, agent Alan Herman said Thursday.
The information comes from agent Alan Herman, so it’s possible that Grant’s representation is continuing to stir up interest from Green Bay (or other teams) in the 29-year-old running back.
If Herman is to be believed, however, the Packers may have to make a decision soon on whether or not they want Grant back in Green Bay for 2012.
While its unlikely that either the offer fron Detroit or the probable offer from New England contains guaranteed money or a sure-fire roster spot, Grant is likely growing tired of the Packers reluctance to approach him about a potential re-signing.
The Lions could make sense for Grant, given the concussion issues Jahvid Best has suffered through in his short NFL career and the drug arrest of Mikel LeShoure last month. There are carries to be had in the Detroit offense.
However, the Packers shied away from drafting a back in last week’s NFL draft, so there’s a chance Grant could be wanted back next season in the same complementary role as he saw in 2011. James Starks has his own reliability issues and Alex Green is returning from a torn ACL last season. Undrafted free agents Marc Tyler (USC) and Duane Bennett (Minnesota) will be given a chance to win a roster spot.
While I’m wary of any information coming from an agent, it’s likely that we’ll know the 2012 fate of Grant sooner rather than later.
UPDATE: Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Grant will make a visit to Detroit Monday to meet with coaches and personnel.