Not so fast: Ryan Grant fails Ravens' Physical

Brian Tinsman
March 15, 2018 - 9:03 pm

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On Tuesday, before the official start of NFL free agency, the Washington Redskins watched with some mix of emotions as wide receiver Ryan Grant agreed to a four-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

It was a large deal, totaling $29 million and guaranteeing $14.5 million. It's the type of contract that football players dream of and few achieve. And now, it's gone.

The caveat that rides with any trade or signing in pro sports is the old "pending a physical by team doctors." And Ryan Grant has reportedly failed his, putting him back on the free agent market. Via Adam Schefter:

Schefter added: "Baltimore failed Grant on his physical over an ankle injury that dated back to the Redskins' final regular-season game, per source. Grant's time in Baltimore is over before it began."

That's huge news, and likely hugely disappointing for Grant. Teams with receiver needs--such as Baltimore and Washington--move quickly in free agency to fill those needs, leaving fewer opportunities for him to recoup a decent contract. Grant is a different type of player, but the Redskins have already invested big money in Paul Richardson, who was introduced to the media on Thursday.

It's unlikely that he figures into Washington's plans, moving forward.

Meanwhile, the Ravens are already moving on to Michael Crabtree, released by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. Previously, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, where he played for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh's brother Jim:

A cynic might suggest that the Ravens had buyers' remorse and decided to blame a physical for a decision to change plans and pursue Crabtree. It's ironic that the Baltimore Orioles have also been accused of playing games with doctors' physicals as a reason to void contracts.

Perhaps these are coincidences. It will be interesting to see how this story plays out in the weeks and months to come.

Either way, there's a reason why reputable news outlets like 106.7 The Fan use language like "reportedly" or "rumored." That's because it isn't a done deal until the deal is done.


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