The Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver Ryan Grant, the team announced Wednesday.
Grant appeared in 14 games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, catching 35 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown. Through five seasons, he has 1,319 receiving yards and seven scores.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken noted Grant was on the Raiders’ radar last offseason.
He agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens before he failed a physical, thus voiding the offer. He settled on a one-year, $5 million contract from the Colts.
Grant joins a revamped passing game in Oakland. The team acquired Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and signed Tyrell Williams for $44.3 million over four years.
Upgrading the receiving corps was clearly a priority for the Raiders after a disappointing 2018 campaign. The offense slipped to 17th in pass defense DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average) after sitting 13th in 2017, per Football Outsiders. Jon Gruden also watched Amari Cooper put together a Pro Bowl-caliber season following his trade to the Dallas Cowboys.
Grant should be a solid No. 3 receiver behind Brown and Williams. Together, the three represent a big upgrade over what Oakland had to finish out the season—even when factoring in Jared Cook’s departure.
OAKLAND, Calif. — For the Raiders and Ryan Grant, it was better late than never.
Grant signed a one-year contract worth up to $2.5 million, a person familiar with the incentive-laden deal said Wednesday. The wide receiver visited the team last offseason before signing with the Indianapolis Colts. Time passed, but the Raiders’ interest didn’t.
He becomes their fourth recent addition at the position. Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson are the others.
Grant, 28, caught 35 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown in his lone season with Indianapolis. He initially agreed to join the Baltimore Ravens last March, but a four-year, $29 million pact dissolved following a failed physical.
The 2014 fifth-round pick spent his first four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins, recording 84 receptions for 985 yards and six scores in that span. Jay Gruden, Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s younger brother, was Grant’s head coach during the entirety of his Washington tenure.
Ryan Grant signed with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, the team announced. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is for one year with a max value of $2.5 million.
Grant played last season with the Indianapolis Colts after a four-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens fell through due to a failed physical. During that process, Grant visited Oakland and he will now join them and add to a new-look receiving corps that also includes high-profile additions Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.
A five-year vet, Grant started a career-high 10 games in 2018 with the Colts and totaled 35 catches for 334 yards and one touchdown. Prior to that, he played four seasons with the Redskins.
Here are other transactions from Wednesday:
The Buffalo Bills have inked longtime Tennessee Titans starting guard Quinton Spain, per Spain’s agency. Terms were not disclosed. A four-season veteran, Spain has started 42 games over the last three seasons including 15 starts in 2018.
Led by standout center Mitch Morse, the Bills have now added six offensive linemen this offseason. In addition to Morse and Spain, there’s Spencer Long, Ty Nsekhe, Jon Feliciano and LaAdrian Waddle.
The Cleveland Browns announced the signing of tight end/fullback Orson Charles on Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed. A season ago, Charles tallied two starts with 13 games played. Since 2012, Charles has been a member of four teams: the Bengals, Lions, Chiefs and Browns.
The Atlanta Falcons announced the signings of offensive guard Adam Gettis and linebacker Kemal Ishmael to one-year contracts. Ishmael has played the duration of his career for the Falcons, while Gettis was previously with the Buccaneers, though he never played a game with them. Gettis hasn’t played since 2016 with the Giants.
Long snapper Patrick Scales will be back for a fourth season with the Chicago Bears, who announced they signed the special-teamer to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Scales’ rookie season was spent in Baltimore in 2014 and since then he’s been with Chicago.
April 3 (UPI) — Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Ryan Grant signed with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, the team announced.
Sources told the NFL Network that Grant’s deal is for one year with a max value of $2.5 million. The team hasn’t confirmed financial terms of the agreement.
Grant played last season with the Colts after a four-year, $29 million agreement with the Baltimore Ravens collapsed due to a failed physical. He started a career-high 10 games with Indianapolis in 2018 and posted 35 catches for 334 yards and one touchdown.
The Washington Redskins originally drafted Grant in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Tulane. He spent four seasons with the Redskins and appeared in all 64 contests (15 starts) with the franchise. He set career highs with Washington in 2017, registering 45 receptions for 573 yards and four receiving scores.
In five seasons in the league, Grant has appeared in 78 career games (25 starts) and recorded 119 catches for 1,319 yards and seven touchdowns.
Grant joins former Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson in the Raiders’ new-look receiving corps.
A little more than a year ago, wide receiver Ryan Grant signed a four-year contract to play with the Baltimore Ravens.
Or so he thought.
The next day, the Ravens announced he had a physical for what Ryan said was a “mild ankle sprain,” making him a free agent. Grant then signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. And on April 3, he joined the Oakland Raiders.
“I think it was a blessing in disguise,” Grant told Zig Fracassi and Alex Marvez on the End Zone about the Ravens voiding his contract. “I feel like, had I signed with the Ravens, they probably would have, you know, did some other shady stuff to get me traded or released or something like this. So I’m thankful that they did what they did. No hard feelings towards the organization over there in Baltimore.
‘It just feels like I’ve been drafted all over again’
“But I’m happy where I am now. Super excited to be a part of the Raiders organization. It’s the spirit and the culture of the team. And it just feels like I’ve been drafted all over again. I’m just so ecstatic.”
Nevertheless, Grant can’t deny some lingering hard feelings. He said he had the ankle sprain since December of 2017, while he was with the Washington Redskins, but continued to play through it and “finished the season just fine.”
“It stings a little bit now and it always will,” he said. “When I went to Baltimore for the physical, I was honest with the physicians. I told them, ‘You know, I sprained my ankle, I didn’t miss any time. And for whatever reason, they say that I failed the physical.
“They were like, ‘Oh, there’s something there.’ But, in reality, nothing was wrong with my ankle. It was a minor ankle sprain and it was something that they didn’t want to move forward with that I believe.”