If I were asked to name the Green Bay Packers MVP this season, it would be Brett Favre. He was exceptional. If Tom Brady hadn’t had one of the greatest years in team sports history, Favre would have gotten strong consideration across the league for his fourth NFL MVP.
But after Favre, I think there are three players that deserve consideration for team MVP: Aaron Kampman, a team leader who has become of the best d-lineman in the league; Greg Jennings, who was a veritable touchdown machine and is well on his way to being a dominating wide receiver in the NFL; and Ryan Grant, who was acquired for a 6th round pick and, after becoming a starter, led everyone but last year’s MVP (Ladanian Tomlinson) in running back productivity. If I were voting, I’d pick Grant behind Favre.
Which raises an interesting question. When do you re-sign him? Pete Dougherty explores the issue here.
You’ll be stunned to learn that Grant’s agent, Alex Herman, thinks his guy is extraordinarily valuable and should get a big contract soon.
A player that’s accomplished what he has, I don’t think there’s any secrets what he’s brought to the Packers this year. It’s clear around the league (for) anyone who’s astute in terms of football that it wasn’t a fly-by-night type of thing. He changed their offense and enabled them to have a running game. Since he’s an exclusive-rights free agent, it’s up to the Packers to decide how they want to approach the situation. You have leverage situations in this business, and right now Ryan’s under contract. We’ll sit back and see what position the Packers take.
One reason they’ll sit back and see what position the Packers take is because they don’t really have an option. If Grant wants to play for the Packers — or play in the NFL, since the Packers have his rights — he can be forced to play for the league minimum in each of the next two years.
He shouldn’t have to.
It is certainly possible that Grant will prove to be a flash in the pan. But if so, he has already had a long flash — 12 weeks. Grant showed a knack for the kind of cutback runs that generate most of the big runs in a zone blocking scheme. And he had a surprising burst once he hit the hole. (Surprising not just to those of us who watch, but to the linebackers who often found themselves tackling air as Grant raced into the seconday). And he put up some of his biggest games against the league’s top run defenses.
I think we’ve seen enough to re-sign him to a long-term deal. We have the cap space. And if we do it now, before he has another big season, we will be able to have him for a relative bargain.
Sign him now.