Thursday, February 11, 2010
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NEW ORLEANS -- Former Miller County football star Charles Grant may have been nursing a triceps injury during the Saints' playoff run this season that culminated with winning Super Bowl XLIV last Sunday, but there's no arguing the New Orleans defensive end was a big reason for the team's success this year.
But apparently, Grant must now convince the Saints of this.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Thursday that the 31-year-old Grant, a starter, is a strong candidate to be cut in the offseason -- that is, if he doesn't agree to take a pay cut. Grant inked a seven-year, incentive-laden $63 million contract in 2007, but the Saints could avoid a hefty penalty under the current salary-cap rules if they release him now. Grant's salary is set to balloon to $4 million next season.
Grant, who is coming off his second major triceps injury in the last two years and has seen a decline in production during that time, was placed on injured reserve right before the Saints' playoff run began.
Grant recorded 44 tackles (31 solo, 13 assists) and 5 1/2 sacks in 2009 and was credited for two safeties. However, 44 tackles is Grant's lowest total since his rookie season in 2002, when he recorded 37. Grant has been with the Saints his entire career.