Apr 282012
Former Packers free agent RB Ryan Grant could be a fit with the Eagles

Former Packers free agent RB Ryan Grant could be a fit with the Eagles

The Eagles didn’t address the running back position in this year’s draft until the seventh round, selecting NCAA bust Bryce Brown.  Hopefully he’s over the obvious entitlement and other character issues which took him from the very top of the Rivals rankings to the very end of the draft.

The Eagles decision to not secure a high end backup to LeSean McCoy is really the only real flaw in an otherwise superb three days.  With only Dion Lewis on the roster right now with LeSean and with Brown a likely practice squad candidate at best, the Eagles desperately need somebody else who can be relied on if something happens.

Ideally that would player would have come fairly early in the draft and developed in house, but since that didn’t happen the Eagles need to find a guy on the street who has something left who fits their philosophy, and almost as importantly who won’t break the bank.

I’d like to see them take a chance on Ryan Grant, who is done in Green Bay.  He’s an injury risk but he could likely be had on the cheap.  Good risk/reward.  And much younger than Tiki Barber.  Jerious Norwood could be an option as a fast and athletic part-timer as well.

Here’s who’s out there now, with the list obviously changing as camps open and guys get cut and/or hurt…

Ryan Grant  (GB)
Cedric Benson  (CIN)
Chester Taylor (ARZ)
Jason Snelling (ATL)
Jerome Felton (CAR)
Tashard Choice (DAL)
Sammy Morris (DAL)
Spencer Larsen (DEN)
LenDale White (DEN)
Maurice Morris (DET)
Kevin Smith (DET)
Derrick Ward (HOU)
Jackie Battle (KC)
Thomas Jones (KC)
Le’Ron McClain (KC)
Steve Slaton (MIA)
Kevin Faulk (NE)
LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ)
Rock Cartwright (OAK)
Ronnie Brown (PHI)
Owen Schmitt (PHI)
Mewelde Moore (PIT)
Jacob Hester (SD)
Justin Forsett (SEA)
Moran Norris (SF)
Jerious Norwood (STL)
Cadillac Williams (STL)
Earnest Graham (TB)
Ahmard Hall (TEN)
Tim Hightower (WAS)
LaRod Stephens-Howling (ARZ) – Restricted
Kahlil Bell (CHI) – Restricted
Chris Pressley (CIN) – Restricted
Lance Ball (DEN) – Exclusive Rights
Brock Bolen (JAC) – Restricted
Lex Hilliard (MIA) – Restricted
Lorenzo Booker (MIN) – Restricted
Isaac Redman (PIT) – Exclusive Rights
Brit Miller (STL) – Restricted
LeGarrette Blount (TB) – Exclusive Rights
Kregg Lumpkin (TB) – Restricted

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