GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers haven’t given away Ryan Grant’s locker, and they didn’t give his No. 25 away to one of their draft picks or undrafted free-agent signees. But coach Mike McCarthy also wasn’t giving any hint Friday of whether the free-agent running back remains in the team’s plans for 2012.
“Ryan Grant? I have nothing to report on what Ryan Grant’s status is right now,” McCarthy said when asked Friday about Grant following the first of three rookie orientation camp practices. “But Ryan’s been an excellent player for us and time will answer that question.”
While the team didn’t draft a running back, it did sign two undrafted free agents (USC's Marc Tyler and Minnesota's Duane Bennett) and brought two more running backs in for tryouts during the rookie camp (Nebraska's Curenski Gilleylen, a converted wide receiver, and Colorado State's Ray Carter). But unlike free-agent defensive tackle Howard Green, whose locker and jersey number (No. 95, to Anthony Hargrove) have been given away, Grant’s locker is intact and the only No. 25 currently is tryout cornerback Doyle Miller of Nevada.
Grant has expressed a strong desire to return to Green Bay, but at this point the Packers have not tried to negotiate with him. He had an offer on the table from Detroit but canceled a visit to the Lions facilities earlier this week because of what agent Alan Herman called “economic issues” on the Lions’ end. Grant visited the New England Patriots, but they’ve since signed Joseph Addai.
That could leave Grant no choice but to return to Green Bay – if the Packers indeed want him back – at a bargain rate.
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