Corey Grant

Jaguars RB Corey Grant Out For Season

Jaguars running back Corey Grant suffered a “Lisfranc injury that is likely to end his season” during the team’s loss to the Chiefs sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link).

It’s a big blow for Jacksonville’s offense, as they’ve already dealt with multiple injuries to their backfield. Normal starter Leonard Fournette has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, while current starter T.J. Yeldon has been banged up with various ailments.

Grant signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent back in 2015, and has been able to carve out a significant role for himself both as a situational back and a return man. Last year he carried the ball 30 times for 248 yards and two touchdowns, and returned 19 kickoffs for 473 yards.

As Schefter notes, the Jags now need running back help and will almost certainly bring in some outside help. Fournette tried returning from his hamstring injury last week but quickly aggravated it and is likely out for at least another week or two. Expect to see Jacksonville bring in some backs for workouts this week. The team auditioned Orleans Darkwa, one of the biggest names left on the market, last week but didn’t sign him.

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AFC Notes: Clowney, Darnold, Patriots

The Texans are hoping to work out a long-term extension with star LB/DE Jadeveon Clowney this offseason, and the former No. 1 overall selection has expressed his desire to remain in Houston, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Clowney, a two-time Pro Bowler, said, “I want to be [in Houston] forever. It would be great, something I always dreamed of. I don’t want to leave this team. I’ve been here since the beginning. I want to stay here. I want to finish my career here, so I’m looking forward to that. Hopefully, they lock me in.”

As Wilson notes, a new contract for Clowney could make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league, a mantle currently held by Denver’s Von Miller and his six-year, $114MM ($70MM guaranteed) deal. The Texans would like to get something done prior to the season, or even prior to training camp.

Now for more notes and rumors from around the AFC:

  • Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union offers his thoughts on a number of Jaguars-related items. For instance, he believes that, the longer Jacksonville is without a No. 2 QB, the likelier it is that the team uses a fairly high draft pick on a signal-caller. He also says the Jags need another versatile TE to continue running their grind-it-out offense, and he wonders if the fact that the team put a second-round tender on Corey Grant — which Grant signed several days ago — means that Grant will have a bigger role in the offense in 2018.
  • We already heard that top QB prospect Sam Darnold looked very good at USC’s recent pro day, and per Albert Breer of SI.com, Darnold himself said he is “trying to go to Cleveland” (meaning, of course, that he wants to be the No. 1 overall selection). Indeed, one AFC executive who attended the pro day told Breer, “Everyone out there today saw the Browns’ franchise quarterback.” Breer adds that post-combine buzz has pointed towards a Darnold-Cleveland marriage.
  • The Bengals may appear to be out of the running for the top safeties still on the free agent market — players like Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid — but Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes that the club is still monitoring those and other players to see if their price drops enough to make a move.
  • Patriots safety Duron Harmon, who was denied entry into Costa Rica after attempting to bring marijuana into the country — and who was briefly detained before being sent back to the United States — issued an apology for his actions via Instagram. Harmon is not expected to be released, though he could be entered into the league’s drug program and face a suspension from the league or the team. It is unclear at this point if he will face any criminal charges.
  • Now that the Patriots have lost Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com looks at the battle for the Patriots’ starting left tackle position. The newly-resigned LaAdrian Waddle could be a factor, as could 2017 third-rounder Antonio Garcia. Garcia missed his rookie season due to blood clots in his lung, and while he has been cleared to play, he has lost a lot of weight and has a lot of ground to make up. Reiss says 2017 UDFA Cole Croston is an ascending player and could be a realistic candidate for the LT job.

Jaguars RB Corey Grant Signs RFA Tender

Jaguars running back Corey Grant has signed his second-round restricted free agent tender, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Exclusive rights free agent tight end Ben Koyack has also inked his tender, tweets Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Grant was one of 14 NFL restricted free agents to be tender at the second-round level, and he’s the second — following Falcons guard Ben Garland — to officially sign his tender. There was no rush for Grant to ink his tender, as RFAs have until April 20 to work out offer sheets with other clubs. However, it was always unlikely that any NFL team would have been willing to sacrifice a second-round pick in order to land Grant.

Grant, 26, has never been a focal point of Jacksonville’s offense, but he’s contributed when on the field. Over the past two years, Grant has averaged a whopping 6.6 yards per carry on 62 rushes while scoring three touchdowns. He also served as the Jaguars’ primary kick returner in 2017, and has seen at least 45% special teams playtime in each of his three NFL campaigns.

The Jaguars released veteran running back Chris Ivory earlier this offseason, so Grant could conceivably see more of a role on offense. However, Jacksonville’s running game will clearly be centered around starter Leonard Fournette, with backup T.J. Yeldon chipping in on passing downs.

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RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/12/18

Here are today’s restricted free agent and exclusive-rights free agent tender decisions, with the list being updated throughout the day.

RFAs

Tendered at second-round level:

Tendered at original-round level:

Non-Tendered:

ERFAs

Tendered:

Non-Tendered:

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/20/15

Today’s minor NFL signings, cuts, and other moves..

Earlier today:

  • The Browns are signing linebacker Jayson DiManche off the Chiefs‘ taxi squad, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com tweets. DiManche will take the roster spot previously filled by running back Shaun Draughn, who has been waived, as Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal writes. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound DiManche has appeared in 28 regular-season games with one start, all with the Bengals. Draughn appeared in five games this season for Cleveland with two carries for 10 yards.
  • The Falcons signed linebacker Philip Wheeler and released safety Charles Godfrey, as Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com tweets.
  • The Lions have claimed guard/tackle Michael Ola off waivers from the Chargers, as Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego tweets. Ola has yo-yo’d between the Chargers’ 53-man roster and the taxi squad all season long.
  • The Colts promoted safety Dewey McDonald from the practice squad, as Stephen Holder of the Indy Star tweets. The Colts also cut Amarlo Herrera and cornerback Shaun Prater, Wilson tweets.
  • The Seahawks signed Lemuel Jeanpierre and cut Crezdon Butler, as Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times tweets.
  • The Seahawks also placed linebacker Brock Coyle on IR-DTR, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune tweets.
  • The Chargers will sign safety Adrian Phillips from the practice squad as early as today, Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego tweets.
  • The Raiders re-signed strong safety Taylor Mays, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter).
  • The Saints have signed wide receiver T.J. Graham, according to a source who spoke with Wilson (Twitter link).
  • The Vikings signed Kenrick Ellis and placed Shamar Stephen on IR, Wilson tweets.
  • The Jaguars moved wide receiver Neal Sterling to the active roster and signed safety Craig Loston, John Oehser of Jaguars.com tweets.

Jaguars, Nine UDFAs Agree To Terms

The Jaguars have agreed to sign nine undrafted free agents, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union (multiple Twitter links):

  • Thurston Armbrister, LB, Miami ($12,500 bonus, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun)
  • Eric Crume, DT, Syracuse ($2,500 bonus, per Wilson)
  • Corey Grant, RB, Auburn ($5K bonus, per Wilson; $15K of base salary guaranteed, per Wilson)
  • Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn
  • Connor Hamlett, TE, Oregon State
  • Chris Reed, G, Minnesota-Mankato
  • Todd Thomas. LB, Pittsburgh
  • Matt Robinson, LB, Maryland
  • Jake Waters, QB, Kansas State