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Ryan Grant: Ravens failed physical 'speaks for itself'

Brian Tinsman
March 20, 2018 - 11:21 pm
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The Baltimore Ravens might have been vindicated after leaving wide receiver Ryan Grant at the altar of free agency if another team had flunked his physical.

Instead, two other teams passed Grant and offered him contracts, with the Indianapolis Colts offering the winning bid (reportedly one year, $5 million).

Grant was understated in his disdain for the Ravens, but it is clear what he thinks of the contract shenanigans.

"If there was an issue with my ankle, then I wouldn't have passed the physical with the Colts and the Raiders," he said matter-of-factly. "I can't control what [the Ravens] did. I can't control their assessment of my ankle. I've gone other places, I've seen multiple doctors and I've passed physicals.

"So, that should pretty much speak for itself."

Grant's deal with the Colts is for one-quarter the time and one-sixth the potential value of the offer he received from the Ravens. It's also, potentially, more in line with how most evaluators around the league saw his value coming into free agency.

Grant is a favorite of Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, but that praise never really translated to production. He had a career year in 2017, catching 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns. That was enough for the Ravens to promise him four-years and $29 million during the pre-free agency negotiating period.

Once free agency began, Grant waited several days before reporting to Baltimore for his physical. During that time, many receiver-needy teams scooped up top options, and the big money was spent. Ravens team doctors supposedly took issue with an ankle injury Grant suffered in the last game of the season and the team pulled its offer.

Afterward, Grant's agent said that if a game happened today, his client could suit up and play. It didn't help that the Ravens rebounded with a deal for freshly-released wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

It's still possible that Grant will find his way in Indy and parlay a strong season into a better deal next year. In the meantime, Grant's feeling towards Baltimore "should pretty much speak for itself."

 

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