Should the Atlanta Falcons go after Charles Grant?

 Falcons running back # 44 Jason Snelling is tackled by Saints defensive end # 94 Charles Grant as he picks up yardage during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back # 44 Jason Snelling is tackled by Saints defensive end # 94 Charles Grant as he picks up yardage during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

BIRDLAND – The Falcons just spent $57 million in order to bring Georgia native Dunta Robinson back home.

Should they open up Arthur Blank’s hefty wallet to bring home another one of the state’s top football products?

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant, the Colquitt native who played at the University of Georgia, went on Sirius NFL Radio on Wednesday and stated that he wanted to play for the Falcons, Carolina or Tennessee.

Grant has started 106 of 118 games over his career with the Saints. He was released on March 5.

Grant, 6-foot-3 and 282 pounds, doesn’t appear to be a fit for the Falcons.  Grant is eighth on the Saints’ career sack list with 47, but a torn triceps kept him out of last season’s playoffs.

Also, there is the matter of his legal issues. He indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in February of 2008 for the events surrounding the death of a pregnant women outside a Blakely, Georgia nightclub. The case has not gone to trial. Grant also could possibly be suspended by the league in the StarCaps, performance enhancement case.

Here’s the last item we ran, an Associated Press report, on his case:

Charles Grant participated in an offseason training session at the New Orleans Saints’ suburban headquarters Wednesday, a day after being indicted by a grand jury in Georgia on an involuntary manslaughter charge. The charges stem from a February altercation at a nightclub.

Grant, who was stabbed in the neck during the fracas, was charged by an Early County grand jury that also charged another man with felony murder and feticide in the shooting death of a 23-year-old pregnant woman, Korynda Reed.

Grant’s lawyer, Edward Tolley of Athens, said Grant, a starting defensive end out of the University of Georgia who was taken by the Saints in the first round of the 2002 draft, never should have been charged in the victim’s death.

“Charles is not alleged to have fired the weapon that killed [Reed] so the circumstances of the indictment are unique, ” Tolley said.

Here’s Grants interview today on Sirius, courtesy of the Sirius staff:

Charles Grant: “I thought I would retire in New Orleans.  To my fans in New Orleans, I love you.  I love New Orleans because, first of all, New Orleans gave my NFL career a start.  They made me financially stable to take care of my family and my kids.  Before I was able to leave I got a Super Bowl ring in New Orleans.  No better place to get one than in New Orleans.  But I’m a true believer when one door closes another door [opens].  I’ve got a good five more years in me to be productive.  New Orleans, I love you.  I thank you, Mr. Benson and Mickey [Loomis], for everything you’ve done for me and if we ever cross paths you know I would love to go back to New Orleans and be a New Orleans Saint.  But if it don’t happen, then I gotta go somewhere else.  If another team gets me they will be really shocked because we’re gonna put that work in to do what it takes to be successful.”

Host/Adam Schein: “Are there conversations about going back to New Orleans right now?  Have other teams called?  Are they waiting to see how your health is ultimately going to be by training camp?  What’s the current situation for you?”

Grant: “Like I told my agent, you can’t be in a rush right now.  By April 17th – I’ll be on doctor’s leave – I’ll be good to go.  So I’m just waiting until then.  April 17th.  I got most of the strength [back], around about 95-98 percent healthy.  So I’m just training in Atlanta, getting my feet back up under me…”

Schein: “So you’re not in any rush to sign a contract right now?”

Grant: “Nah.  If a team’s ready to go right now, yeah, but I want to go and show a team that I am willing and ready to play.  I don’t want to go nowhere and be no backup.  I want to be a full-fledged starter.”

Host/Ross Tucker: “Where’s your weight at right now and can you give Adam and I a two or three team wish list? There’s a team that plays in Atlanta that could use a defensive end.”

Charles Grant: “I would love to play in Atlanta, I would love to play in Carolina, I would love to play in Tennessee, too. And my weight right now is right at like 290 so by the time [my trainer] Chip gets through with me he says he’ll have me at 280.”

I think the Falcons pass on this one. What do you all think?

118 comments Add your comment

Nic

March 10th, 2010
3:51 pm

1st! Only if he’s not asking for big money.

LA Dawg

March 10th, 2010
3:52 pm

alanfalcon

March 10th, 2010
3:54 pm

YES, doesn’t fit our profile.

teamguy

March 10th, 2010
3:54 pm

I think you’re right,DOL. .good picture. .that Snelling guy is one of my favorite Falcons. Looking forward to your next mock draft. .coming Friday?

adrian

March 10th, 2010
3:55 pm

please, please, please pass on this one UGA ties or not

Matty Ice

March 10th, 2010
3:55 pm

yeah, forgot about all the legal issues……..w/o the legal issues, I would say sign him to one year deal at vet minimum. But with all that crap on the manslaughter and starcaps – I think “NO”…..

mmgtfan

March 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

LongSufferingFalconsFan

March 10th, 2010
4:00 pm

blord

March 10th, 2010
4:03 pm

That little manslaughter deal scares me away.

mmgtfan

March 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

D-Led: When does the NFL announce what “comp” picks the Falcons will get?

Joey M

March 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

Character issues keep him off the team healthy or not. Triceps injury is gnarly. Rather see Aaron Kampman and maybe take a flier on Jevon Kearse. Kampman would fit perfectly here. Kearse could be a good situational down player. Not an every down player anymore.

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:08 pm

I would talk to Grant and find out what kind of deal he is looking for. Considering all the (-) or question marks you identified I can’t see how he could be wanting big money. With that said, I would offer him an incentive based deal. Let him come in, work and compete for a DE spot, then let the team draft a young DE in round 1 and then there is NO pressure on the draft pick to come in a start and be a difference makers right away. Vets with something to prove on the cheap are a good thing not to mention that him being from the area might motivate him as well. Again, if you can get a low risk contract filled with incentives why not?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

mmggtfan: The comp picks will be announced during the NFL League meeting, March 21 through 24 in Orlando.

Joey M: Aaron Kampman signed with Jacksonville. Seems like Kearse hasn’t done much since his rookie season.

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:09 pm

For the record, Kampman signed with the Jaguars so he isn’t even in the equation anymore.

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

What about bringing back Kerney on an incentive filled deal? Isn’t he out of the Seahawks plans and pondering retirement?

SaintsXLIV

March 10th, 2010
4:11 pm

I think ya’ll should sign him to a huge contract, LOL. At least he was better than Jonathan Sullivan, another UGA player. That was the worst draft pick we ever made. WHO DAT!

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:12 pm

It scares me to think the team believes it can draft a DE in round 1 or 2 and then expect them to be the DE opposite of John. And this rotational approach to DE only works so much. I like Bierman and Sidsbury but at some point you need a stud over there opposite John to prevent teams from doubling him on pass downs.

MSS

March 10th, 2010
4:12 pm

we won’t sign him

cutter

March 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

Nope. Nope. Nope.

RGO67

March 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

Pass on this one. We are looking for a Major Player not one who could possibly miss half the season with injuries and StarCap pending. By the way when will the StarCap situation go away?

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

Saints XLIV, if I were you I’d be worried the Saints are going to let some key vets go while at the same time overpaying Reggie Bush.

D Money

March 10th, 2010
4:14 pm

No thankyou on Grant. I’ll prefer some other veteran with something left in the tank.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 10th, 2010
4:14 pm

I would say pass, due to injury AND legal issues that may well get him suspended.

D – Led, when will definitive word come down on Babs suspension (if any)? Owners meeting?

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:14 pm

I read somewhere that the Saints were taking a look at Leonard Little. Huh? Let me get this straight, a team in a party town wants to bring in a guy that one night got drunk, drove, and killed somebody? Oh the irony!

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that former New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant has interest in the Falcons. No word on whether that interest is reciprocated by the Falcons themselves, but Atlanta is among three teams that Grant is interested in playing for. [...]

Without-a-clue

March 10th, 2010
4:17 pm

I don’t think we have to worry about Mr. Blank taking on this kind of baggage. PASS!

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:18 pm

Uh that’s what is says at the beginning of Ledbetter’s posting. That’s why most of us are giving our 2 cents on Grant now.

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:20 pm

Now that Antonio Bryant has signed with the Bengals, what team will want TO? He had a hard enough time finding a team last season (the Bills bailed him out). Chad wanted TO, they brought him in, and then signed Bryant. The Bengals and Ravens were the 2 teams I heard might have interest in TO and they both made other moves (Boldin and Bryant). Is this the end of TO?

Falcon Devil

March 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

Hellls noooo we should not. Look at his sack numbers!! Dude is old, expensive, unproductive, and has baggage. Easy one. NO WAY.

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

I know that Merriman is restricted, but would you consider brining him in to play opposite of John if the deal wasn’t outrageous and it was filled with incentives?

Matt

March 10th, 2010
4:27 pm

I’m not sold on using another 1st rounder on a DE, there is NO doubt that we could upgrade the OLB position, Stephen Nicholas is NOT an impact starter! Are there any impact OLB in this draft that would be there when the Falcons pick?

Mave2124

March 10th, 2010
4:27 pm

Pass on Grant, doesn’t pass the Falcons filter.

D-Led, as far as the CB issue, Robinson is a starter who prefers the Right Side, Grimes played best on the Right Side at the end of last year….how do you see that settling out, bigger contract wins, LOL? If our three starters are Robinson, Grimes and Owens, then Williams, Jackson and Hill are depth? Any chance we still take a CB in the draft (like the kid from Rutgers) and cut Hill. How many CBs does a team usually carry and how many play ST?

SaintsXLIV

March 10th, 2010
4:29 pm

@ Matt – I’m not worried a bit. I trust the organization that brought us SB XLIV. Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton know what they are doing. Reggie is definatly paid well, but worth every penny. You can’t replace his game breaking ability, and what he does for Payton’s offense. As for Leonard Little, look at Anthony Hargrove. He was more of a party guy than Little. He managed to keep his nose clean while in NOLA so far, and now he has a SB ring. Something the Falcons ain’t got!

cutter

March 10th, 2010
4:30 pm

Check this out-

Abilene Christian OT Tony Washington reportedly had sex with his 15-year-old biological sister when he was 16, and is a registered sex offender.

It’s believed the sexual act, which occurred in May 2003, was consensual. “I made a mistake at the age of 16, and for that, I am deeply sorry,” he said in a statement. “I will not try and excuse or justify anything.” Washington, who might be a first-round prospect based on size, length, and athleticism alone, was a big recruit at LSU in 2005. He originally received five years’ probation and no jail time. Washington is reportedly now on good terms with the sister.
Source: SportFanLive.com

-One could make the case that he was on good terms with her back then too.

Hardy Nickolson

March 10th, 2010
4:36 pm

Now, can you say pass on this man when this man is a phenomenal athlete for his size and position. John Abraham could use another solid defensive end to play opposite of him. I’ve known Charles for quite sometime, heck he even play against us in high school from the same region. In order for a defense to win CHAMPIONSHIPS something the FALCONS doesn’t know about and probably don’t want to know about starts up front. Here is a man that’s coming fresh off of a SUPER BOWL VICTORY over the COLTS knows about winning and what it takes to win it all. ARTHUR BLANK GIVE CHARLES A CHANCE IN ATLANTA, YOU WON’T REGRET IT.

Hardy Nickolson

March 10th, 2010
4:42 pm

WAIT A MINUTE THERE ARTHUR BLANK HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET TERRELL OWENS AGAIN. DON’T MESS IT UP THIS TIME. THIS CAN REALLY OPEN THINGS UP FOR RODDY WHITE SLANT ROUTE, CORNER ROUTE WHATEVER. CANT LEAVE OUT THE RUNNING GAME WITH MICHAEL TURNER & NORWOOD. T.O FOR HIS AGE IS STILL A TOP TIER RECEIVER IN THE NFL. HECK HE BRINGS PEOPLE TO THE FEET WHETHER ITS HIS ATTENTION GETTER OR PLAY MAKING ABILITY. #81 IN A FALCONS UNIFORM NFC CHAMPS SINCE JAMAL ANDERSON & THE DIRTY BIRDS. SINCE YOU ALL WONT TO COMMENT ON SOMETHING COMMENT ON T.O IN ATLANTA IN #81

reallygroovy7777

March 10th, 2010
4:43 pm

absolutely not! he will go to carolina since they lost peppers ,you heatrd it here first from lucky 7777.FALCONS need gerald mccoy or SUH, or C.j.SPILLER, TRADE DOWN GET ONE OF THESE AND YOU WILL BE IN PLAYOFFS IN 2011.

cutter

March 10th, 2010
4:43 pm

IMO a team is a combination of impact players and role players. Every position can’t be an impact player, if they were teams could not afford to keep them anyway. An NFL coach once said in order to have a good 4-3 defense you need a good right DE, a good 3 technique DT, a good WLB and a good CB. Looks like the missing ingredient is a good WLB. SPOOOON! The coach by the way was Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay had a pretty good defense back in the day. SPOOOON! I know Mr. Dungy built it along with McKay. We need our version of a young Derrick Brooks.

SaintsXLIV

March 10th, 2010
4:45 pm

As Charles himself so eloquently put it, “Championships win defense”

reallygroovy7777

March 10th, 2010
4:45 pm

NICKOLSON, what are you smoking?owens and vick in the same mold a burden on a team , we need no more THUGS.

reallygroovy7777

March 10th, 2010
4:47 pm

GET RID OF THE PIECE OF BOLOGNA FROM ARKANSAS TOO, SEND HIM BACK TO ARKANSAS WITH PETRINO , THE NO SACKING BUM.

reallygroovy7777

March 10th, 2010
4:52 pm

grant no, no, no, no, no, we can get a cheap defensive tackle in the draft , or PAY THE FARM AND GET SUH ,OR MCOY ,TRADE DOWN , ST louis wants to get out of #1 we did it to get the piece of crap vick,now do it and get a true defensive tackle.

hiramsaint

March 10th, 2010
4:53 pm

the falcons should sign him right now. your loss will be our gain WHODAT!!!!!!!!!

chris

March 10th, 2010
4:56 pm

Osi Umenyiora

chris

March 10th, 2010
4:58 pm

Falcons should trade for Osi Umenyiora

Falcon Devil

March 10th, 2010
5:02 pm

Trade down for a top 3 pick reallygroovy777? WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING?

chris

March 10th, 2010
5:03 pm

Falcons should trade there 2011 first round pick and JA98 for Osi Umenyiora

PMC

March 10th, 2010
5:07 pm

Thank you for the offer….The position is filled at this time.

chris

March 10th, 2010
5:12 pm

OK Falcons should trade there 2011 first round pick and JA98 and their 2010 round 3 pick and 2011 7 round pick for Osi Umenyiora and there 2010 round 2 pick

Chop Buster

March 10th, 2010
5:13 pm

Bring Shalamar home TD!!! He also said the Falcons are one of the teams that are going to be in the Superbowl hunt.