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?