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Ravens Free Agent Deal with WR Ryan Grant Voided After He Failed His Physical

Former Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant’s four-year, $29 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens has been voided after Grant reportedly failed his physical according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Grant’s deal — which included $14.5 million guaranteed —was widely criticized around the league as a gross overpay for a former fifth-round pick who has never topped 573 yards in any season of his four-year NFL career. It is strongly suspected that what the Ravens saw in Grant’s physical was mainly buyer’s remorse and the front office used a rather underhanded tactic to get out of it. The timing is also curious, given that the news is coming out almost simultaneously with the Raiders release of veteran wideout Michael Crabtree and word that Baltimore will be the first team Crabtree visits on Friday. Crabtree is four years older than Grant but has a far more impressive resume. Even in what was considered a down year for him and the entire Oakland defense, Crabtree scored eight touchdowns-two more than Grant has scored in his entire NFL career.

What the Ravens have done is remarkably similar to what the Raiders did in 2014 to get out a massive free agent contract they immediately regretted signing with offensive tackle Rodger Saffold. As for the 27-year-old Grant, he will return to the free agency pool but will struggle to land a deal with even half of the guaranteed money initially offered in Baltimore.

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