Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant worked out for the New England Patriots yesterday, according to a tweet from Howard Balzer. Grant is a 28-year-old veteran at the position who was never expected to re-sign with the 49ers, and he has also received interest from the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. He had a visit with the Chiefs earlier this week, and the Patriots and Chiefs are the two teams that are linked to Grant.
Last season, the 6’1″, 251 pound Ohio State product barely played, and that’s because Grant was the backup to stalwart inside linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. There was no room for Grant to play, but there could be room for Grant to play on the Patriots. The Pats also released defensive tackle Myron Pryor yesterday, so Grant could fill Pryor’s roster spot and give the Pats another linebacker.
The Patriots want to get better in terms of coverage at the linebacker position, and it seems like they want to build the position’s depth going forward. Grant could help out in nickel packages by providing some covering skills in those situations, and he is expected to get some special teams time wherever he ends up.
Grant looked really good in 2011 when filling in for an injured Willis, but he had just seven tackles and no playing time last season. I think Grant could be an interesting depth signing for the Pats on a one-year, minimum type deal. Grant is getting basically no interest, and that’s definitely no surprise. It will be interesting to see what the Chiefs brass thinks of the former 49ers backup LB.
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