It started with a Tweet from Ian Rappaport:
The #Ravens are set to give former #Redskins WR Ryan Grant $14.5M guaranteed for injury. With an issue with the physical, Baltimore has hit pause on the deal. It is not clear if Grant will even sign it now… or go elsewhere.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2018
The story continued via Twitter:
Ravens had both WR John Brown and Ryan Grant in for physical today. Plan was to finalize deals and make them official. That didn't happen. As @rapsheet first reported, there was an issue with Grant's physical that got in the way of finalizing deal like with Brown.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 15, 2018
Then it became a fully reported news story:
Wide receiver Ryan Grant is no longer in the Ravens’ plans.
According to multiple reports, the former Redskins’ wide receiver failed his physical Thursday and he will no longer sign the four-year, $29 million deal he agreed to with Baltimore.
Grant has never missed a game in his four-year career, but an issue with his ankle in his physical with the team was enough for the Ravens to back out of the deal.
The 27-year-old caught 84 passes for 985 yards in four years with the Redskins.
Baltimore went on to sign another wide receiver, John Brown, to a one-year deal worth $5 million Thursday, but they still have a void among their wideouts.
According to ESPN, Baltimore is now expected to pursue Michael Crabtree who was released by the Raiders Thursday.
Now Rap Sheet is back with a report that the Ravens are moving on to Michael Crabtree:
Former #Raiders WR Michael Crabtree visits the #Ravens today and given their positional need (from the Ryan Grant situation) and their interest in before that, Baltimore would like to close the deal. If it doesn’t happen, Crabtree has other visits lined up.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018
This is a mess for Ryan Grant, who thought he had a sweet 4 year, $29m contract lined up, only to learn that he’s injured and back on the free agent market.
Reports say that the Ravens failed him on the physical because of an ankle injury that Grant suffered in the final game of the season.
Is it possible that Ryan Grant could end up back with the Redskins in 2018?
UPDATE #1: Ryan Grant’s agent says he has been cleared and has been working out
Ryan Grant’s agent, Rocky Arceneaux, also said that his client has been working out, running routes and his ankle was cleared from a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson and is not an issue. Now it’s off to meet with the Colts.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018
UPDATE #2: Grant is going to visit the Colts
Free agent WR Ryan Grant, whose deal with Baltimore was nullified Thursday, is flying to Indianapolis to meet with the Colts, per his agent Rocky Arceneaux, who added that, “If there were a game tomorrow, Ryan would be able to play.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018
UPDATE #3: Ravens GM talks about the failed physical
At a press conference, #Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome describes Ryan Grant failing his physical as a “medical decision I had no control over."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018
Newsome said he doesn't get caught up scrutiny> Said team would have still pursued Michael Crabtree if they had signed Ryan Grant.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 16, 2018
UPDATE #4: Grant had a Grade 2 ankle sprain