July 28, 2010

DE Grant signs in Miami

Former Saint Charles Grant, a first round pick of the team in 2002 and a byproduct of the Ricky Williams trade to Miami, has himself wound up in Miami.

Grant signed a two-year deal with a max value of $4.5 million. He has a pending NFL suspension from the Starcaps suspension litigation.

Grant was cut by the Saints in March, having been with the Saints his entire eight year career, all as a starting left defensive end.

Haunted by triceps injuries, Grant missed the end of the past two seasons because of them. He was lost in the season finale of the Saints' 13-3 season and did not play in the playoffs. Grant got off to a hot start in 2009, collecting back-to-back two-sack games in weeks three and four. But he collected only 1.5 sacks the rest of the year.

Grant started all 16 regular season games in 2009 but gave way to backups Bobby McCray and Jeff Charleston regularly during games.  A force when healthy and one of the league's premier run-defending left ends, Grant has struggled to stay in health for the past two years.  Grant was second on the team in 2009 with five and a half sacks, but four were collected in weeks 3 and 4 of the season.

Charges against him in an involuntary manslaughter case involving the 2008 death of an innocent bystander and her fetus were dropping in May of this year. 

Of the four Saints hit by the Starcaps suspension, three are now ex-Saints.  Grant, Deuce McAllister and Jamar Nesbit are ex-Saints, though Grant and McAllister appealed and avoided their suspensions.  Saints DE Will Smith also appealed and has yet to serve the suspension, as have Vikings linemen Pat Williams and Kevin Williams.

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