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Lions Free Agency: Ryan Grant To Visit Detroit Monday

There was no real running back pick up in the 2012 NFL Draft for the Detroit Lions, so they seem to be leaning toward the free agency market to fill their void of healthy depth in the backfield. There's a pretty good option available to them right now in former Green Bay RB Ryan Grant, who seems to be close to striking up something with the Lions.

Rumors of Grant being a possible target for the Lions started before Friday, but the Detroit Free Press reported on Friday that Grant will be officially visiting the team on Monday, a good sign for a possible signing. It looks good on that front, according to the article:

The sides have had contract talks and are within striking distance of a deal.

Currently the Lions backfield contains several guys coming off of injuries including Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure, both talented but both coming off of injured reserve. Best in particular will be watched closely after two concussions. Grant has had success in the league before with two 1000+ yard seasons to his credit but was injured badly in 2010 and was mediocre in a tandem last season for the Packers.

With contract talks already starting, it won't be a surprise to see Grant in powder blue next season since he has reportedly had little contact with his old team. There probably won't be an announcement until after his official visit after the weekend even if a contract is agreed upon, though.

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