With speculation growing that Packers RB Ryan Grant could be fighting a losing battle in an effort to remain with the team, Adam Caplan of thesidelineview.com is reporting that the Packers have restructured Grant's contract this season.
Grant, who was to earn $3.5 million in base salary for 2011, had his base salary cut to $2.5 million earlier this month, a source confirmed to Caplan. In the final year of his contract, Grant had a $1 million roster bonus due on the 15th day of the new league year on his previous deal, plus $750,000 in total per game roster bonuses. Grant has the same exact amount ($1.75 million) in bonuses due in the new contract, but it's not known if the bonus structure is the same or if the roster bonus has been paid or if the date has been pushed back. Grant's cap number has been scaled down from $5.65 million to roughly $3.87 million.
Grant has had only eight carries in preseason games so far this season.
The way we see it
It's certainly starting to look that, even though the Packers' monetary commitment to Grant has been whittled down, the former No. 1 back could be hovering on increasingly shaky ground. One big key is the recent emergence of Dimitri Nance, who is coming off a very solid effort in the Packers' last preseason game and is not expensive. With James Starks, rookie Alex Green and recently re-signed John Kuhn locks to make the team, and Nance making more of his presence felt, Grant very well could be deemed expendable.
After all, the team certainly got by well enough without him last season, when he went down for the count in Week One with a season-ending ankle injury.