The Detroit Lions have reportedly offered free agent running back Ryan Grant a contract for 2012. The length or financials of the offer are not known but Grant is scheduled to meet with the Lions on Monday.
There is no guarantee that the two sides will agree to a deal but if they do, that spells trouble for Keiland Williams.
Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure will be returning from injury but the two were set to enter last season as the top two running backs in the Lions’ offensive attack. The training camp injury to Leshoure and Best’s subsequent season-ending concussion opened the door for the return of Kevin Smith who made the most of his opportunity. Smith re-signed earlier in the offseason to give the Lions a comfortable, albeit injury prone, trio of running backs.
That leaves Keiland Williams as the only other returning running back that had a carry for the Lions last season.
The Lions didn’t turn to him as a workhorse in the absence of Leshoure and Best – that role went to Kevin Smith when he was re-signed mid-season. Williams also didn’t show much of a knack for being an effective short-yardage option either. Leshoure brings identical size and a lot more skill.
Add Ryan Grant to the mix and someone has to get squeezed out.
With the Lions bringing in a slew of potential special teams players through last month’s draft, Williams’ chances of contributing there look bleak as well.