The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Washington Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant to a four-year, $29 million deal with $14.5 million guaranteed.
Grant was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Redskins out of Tulane University. Since then, Grant has never had a steady starting gig, with last year being the most starts he’s had in a single season with seven.
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Last season was easily Grant’s best season of his career so far, as the 27-year-old finished the year with 45 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 12.7 yards per catch. Previously, his best season had been 2015 when he ended the year with 268 yards on 23 catches and two touchdowns.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Baltimore Ravens hadn’t really been linked to Grant lately, though it’s no surprise that the team would continue pursuing help at the wide receiver position, considering how much of a need the team has there.
Aside from Maclin and Brown, that leaves just Chris Moore, Breshad Perriman, and Quincy Adeboyejo as wide receivers on the roster currently, along with DeVier Posey, whom the team intends to sign once free agency begins.
The one thing about the deal that is somewhat surprising is how much money they’re giving Grant. For a relatively unproven wide receiver, $14.5 million guaranteed seems like quite a lot, especially for a team with as little cap space as the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens were previously linked to former Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry before he was traded to the Cleveland Browns, and were also linked to former Indianapolis Colts receiver Donte Moncrief, who recently signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.