After not selecting a running back during the 2012 NFL Draft, there has been a lot of talk about if the Detroit Lions actually have a need at the position or not. Going into the draft, many figured the Lions would use one of their picks on a back given the injury issues surrounding guys like Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure. The Lions decided not to draft one, however, suggesting to some that they may feel comfortable with the guys already on the team.
One reason the Lions may not have drafted a running back is because they feel they can still address the need through free agency. For example, Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee is reporting that free-agent running back Ryan Grant has a contract offer from the Lions on the table.
Grant, who visited the New England Patriots on April 20 and is thought to have received an offer from them, is now considering an offer from the Packers’ NFC North division rival Detroit Lions, agent Alan Herman said Thursday.
Grant started 14 games for the Green Bay Packers last season and rushed for 559 yards on 134 attempts. He had two rushing touchdowns to go along with 19 receptions for 268 yards and one touchdown.
All offseason Grant has seemingly been waiting for an offer to return to the Packers, but so far nothing has come about. As a result, Grant is considering other options, and joining the Lions certainly isn't a bad one for either side. Grant would go from one high-powered offense to another, and the Lions would get to add another solid back into the mix for the 2012 season.