Ryan Grant Has ‘Em Chattering
Ryan Grant has everyone chattering. The Journal Sentinel reporter, Tom Silverstein, posted an article about the running back situation in Green Bay that has everyone thinking: Who’s going to get cut? I have to agree with Silverstein on the three players that are safe: James Starks, Alex Green and John Kuhn.
The Packers would be crazy to let Starks go after his end of the season and post season success that helped the team where they felt a loss from Grant’s injury. Green hasn’t shown a perfect performance in the preseason games, but his explosive running style is an attractive asset for the Packers. Kuhn has provided the coaches with enough evidence that will keep him in the game and landed him a nice, three-year contract worth $7.5 million. (He’s actually on my list of “next jersey I should purchase”, along with a few other players.)
That leaves us with Ryan Grant and Dimitri Nance.
Dimitri Nance has the build and skill set that is deemed to be the perfect replacement for Brandon Jackson. He had a solid performance last week against the Cardinals that has obviously caught the eyes of a few NFL and team analysts.
Grant is coming off an injury that kept him off the field for a majority of the season last year. However, in previous years Grant has proven himself to be a successful rusher and stacked up the yards in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The only question that most fans, and probably coaches, have now is ‘Can he still do it?’.
My initial response: Of course he can! Ok maybe not 20 yards per carry, but he’s still an excellent player. Here’s the catch: is it worth keeping Grant around for a base salary of $2.5 million? Many of you say yes.
How about if Nance only costs $450,000?
Most of you still think Grant is best choice and that this is a stupid conversation. Perhaps it is. But these little situations, that seem to have no-brainer answers, are the kinds that Ted Thompson lives for. If it’s going to blindside you, you might as well analyze the outcome because there’s a 60 percent chance Teddy boy will choose the unexpected. If you’re truly a Packers fan, you know this.
Personally, I think cutting Grant would be a very unwise decision for a few reasons.
One. Since Grant renegotiated his contract, the Packer guaranteed him $2.5 million. If they cut Grant, they still have to pay him. Throwing away money never really appealed to me.
Two. Nance has showed some promise in the preseason. However, it’s just that: preseason. I have never been a fan of preseason games. I see my favorite players play for what feels like 2.5 seconds, and then I am forced to listen to ESPN analysts criticize a team based off of players who might not even touch the field once during the regular season. The whole preseason is a big flirtatious tease that will not accurately portray the future regular season.
Three. If you cut Grant and Starks gets hurt, will the Packers running game hold? Not saying that Kuhn won’t put a few yards down in the books, but I don’t think Kuhn and Green can provide a solid running game that the offense can rely on; at least not all the time. And it’s too early to know what kind of contribution Nance will make. And flash back to last season where we are relying on Aaron Rodgers and his arm. Let’s cut the kid a break.
Overall, the thought of cutting Grant is absolutely absurd. But with Ted Thompson, you never know the possibilities. Hopefully we’ll know more after tomorrow night’s game against the Colts.
Tell me what you think. Would Ted Thompson ever cut Grant? Could Starks, Kuhn and Green get by without him?