After not missing a single game during his NFL career, the Baltimore Ravens are no longer interested in signing wide receiver Ryan Grant after failing his physical on Thursday.
Grant, 27, had an ankle injury dated back to his final regular-season game last year with the Washington Redskins. The problem with his ankle was enough for the Ravens to nullify Grants four-year $29M deal with $14.5M guaranteed. Grant would have been in the Ravens long-term plans.
The Ravens struck a deal with the four-year player from Tulane on Tuesday. Grant had 84 catches for 985 yards and six touchdowns in his time with Washington. Grant is coming off his best season with 45 receptions, 573 yards with four touchdowns. He had 39 catches, 412 yards and two touchdowns in his first three seasons.
The Ravens went on to sign former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown to a one-year deal worth $5M on Thursday. Brown has a Sickle Cell trait and missed six games last season. Plus, the Ravens let go of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin after one season. Maclin had a career-low 40 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns. Maclin and Grant both remain free agents.
When it comes to contract talks, it isn't the first time the Ravens have backed out of a deal because of a medical problem. The Ravens were expected to sign Brock Marion from the Cowboys back in 1997. It turned out Marion had an issue with his left shoulder. Marion went on to play for another seven seasons.
The Ravens are having trouble attracting free agents at the wide receiver position. Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace lead the team with 52 receptions last season which is tied for 72nd among wide outs in the NFL. Baltimore is still looking desperately add more pieces at the wide receiver spot during free agency. They have a meeting with former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree on Friday.