The Colts are now starting to partake in the free agency action. Last night they signed Eric Ebron, and today it’s a new wide receiver.
The Colts have signed former Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant to a one year deal according to multiple reports. Grant took a meeting with the Colts after his agreed upon deal with the Baltimore Ravens fell through after failing a physical.
While details of the deal have not been announced, this is likely to be a significant pay cut for Grant. His deal with the Ravens was supposed to be four years for $29 million. The Colts likely did not give him anywhere close to that figure, and this is a “prove it” contract for sure.
Local media reaction has been mostly positive so far.
Chris Ballard is clearly looking to add some pass catchers for Andrew Luck. With only two wide receivers on contract with the Colts, they needed to sign someone to add some depth. Grant is only on a one year deal, so this will be a prove it year for him.
Grant has only six career touchdown catches, and has never had more than 573 yards receiving. He isn’t a deep ball threat. He is someone who can come out of the slot and run crossing routes for first downs. Grant won’t be a big play guy.
One big concern is Grant’s ankle. He hurt it in the last game of the season, and failed a physical because of it. The Colts cleared him to play, so they must not be super concerned about it. But it still could be an issue.
All in all, this is a low risk signing that could end up being a solid find. Grant is motivated more than ever to prove people wrong, so hopefully he can put up some gaudy numbers.