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Packers 2012 Free Agents: Ryan Grant

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GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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After a lost 2010 season, Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant only missed one game in 2011. An early October match-up against the Broncos.


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2011 - Ryan Grant 15 134 559 37.3 4.2 47 2 19 268 17.9 14.1 80 1

It was far from his best season with the Packers, but a solid performance from a part-time player. He took a pay cut at the beginning of the season, but I never expected he'd be released. Now his contract is up and he's scheduled to become a free agent. Should the Packers re-sign him?

Pros: If he were to leave, they'd be left with RB James Starks, who's missed a lot of time over his first two NFL seasons. Also, it's a good question whether he can become a reliable starter. RB Alex Green was selected in the third round last year, but he's coming back from a season ending knee injury. Grant finished the 2011 season strong while Starks was out, and he could be a reliable veteran.

Cons: The Packers let a lot of young veterans walk away last season, and the arrival of Alex Green last April seemed to be the beginning of the end for Grant. He'll turn 30 near the end of the 2012 season, and the Packers have preferred youth over experience under GM Ted Thompson.

Verdict: I don't know. At the beginning of the season, I expected this would be his last with the Packers. But the injuries are a concern. They don't really need a veteran presence, but they do need someone they can count on and he's been pretty durable over his career (excepting the 2010 season).