Detroit Lions

2012 NFL Free Agents: Ryan Grant's Skills Are Best Suited for Lions' Offense

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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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IMay 3, 2012

Will free-agent running back and former Green Bay Packer Ryan Grant sign with the division rival Detroit Lions?

According to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee via Grant's agent Alan Herman, the Lions have made an offer to the 29-year-old running back.  

Grant should accept the offer. 

His skill set and past experience make him a nice fit in Detroit. 

Sure, he's no longer the guy he was in 2008 and 2009 who ran for over 1,200 yards and scored a total of 15 rushing touchdowns, but if healthy, he can contribute to the Lions in the short term.

He'd be comfortable running within a pass-happy offense in Detroit after spending five years with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. 

Furthermore, shouldering a relatively light load is probably the best thing for Grant at this point in his career and after his injuries. 

Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 346 total carries were less than the Lions' 356 rushing attempts in 2011. 

Mikel Leshoure is coming off a season-ending injury. Jahvid Best has battled injuries throughout his young career, as has Kevin Smith. 

It seems like the Lions will almost be forced into a running back-by-committee approach in 2012.

And because Detroit's offense is so threatening down the field, chances are many of Grant's carries would catch the defense off-guard. 

He'd have a real possibility to stay fresh with limited carries and to make the most out of the times he does touch the football. 

Oh yeah, and the Lions are an exciting, up-and-coming NFC club oozing with promise. 

For Grant, what's not to like?

 

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