The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent running back Ryan Grant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As a corresponding move, the team placed running back Roy Helu, Jr. on its Reserve/Injured list. Helu Jr. said that he’s dealing with a turf toe injury and is still having problems with his Achilles.
Grant (29) is entering his sixth NFL season after originally signing with the New York Giants as a college free agent on May 6, 2005. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 1, 2007. He became a free agent on March 13, 2012.
In five seasons, Grant appeared in 63 games with 52 starts, amassing 924 rushing attempts for 4,016 yards (4.3 avg.) and 25 rushing touchdowns. He has also compiled 92 receptions for 726 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Grant is one of 16 active NFL players to have eclipsed 4,000 career rushing yards. He was one of only four players to post consecutive 1,200-yard rushing seasons in 2008 and 2009, joining former first round picks Chris Johnson, Thomas Jones and Adrian Peterson.
Ryan Grant was in route to work out for the Chicago Bears when Washington called. ”I like what Coach Shanahan’s doing,” Grant said Wednesday morning. “The promise they have with the young QB.”
The Redskins also made a few minor roster moves on Tuesday - signing free agent cornerback David Jones and waiving/injured cornerback Crezdon Butler. The Redskins also signed defensive lineman Chigbo Anunoby (ch-BOO Ann-u-noby) to their practice squad and released defensive lineman Delvin Johnson from their practice squad.
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