GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers scores his first touchdown of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Although the Detroit Lions have already apparently offered a contract to free-agent running back Ryan Grant, he has not yet visited the team. He does have a visit planned, though. According to Dave Birkett, Grant's agent said today that his client is scheduled to visit the Lions on Monday.
Obviously, the Lions are pretty seriously interested in Grant. A deal is apparently on the table, and with Grant set to come to Allen Park on Monday, it's possible the two sides could agree to terms on something then.
Personally, I'm in favor of the Lions signing Grant. Yes, Grant has a history of injuries, but why not give him a look during training camp and add him to the competition at running back? The best-case scenario for the Lions if they were to sign Grant is for him to be nothing more than one of a few potential contributors for the 2012 season. The worst-case scenario involves Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure being unavailable and Grant playing a bigger role. The more likely middle ground would be for Grant to be part of the Lions' committee of running backs.
It seems unlikely the Lions are going to overpay a guy like Grant, so I don't have a big issue with adding some more depth to the running back position.