SDBoltReport.com has confirmed the Chargers nearly lost a third player, DE Keith Grennan. The agent for the former Eastern Washington standout, Cameron Foster, confirms that the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans each offered Grennan spots on their practice squads.
A deal between Grennan and the Falcons nearly came to fruition. Atlanta seriously considered putting in a waiver claim for Grennan before changing couse and opting to abstain at the last moment.
DE Keith Grennan
Chargers Assistant GM and Executive VP of Football Operations Ed McGuire conducted a conference call with Grennan and Foster, during which McGuire promised that -- if the team calls up a defensive lineman from the practice squad -– Grennan would be the first to get the nod.
Grennan is one of two defensive linemen on the practice squad, joined by fellow second-year player and Albany product Andre Coleman.
Another reason Grennan chose to stay put is familiarity. He feels he developed substantially last season under the guidance of Defensive Coordinator Ted Cottrell and Defensive Line Coach Wayne Nunnely, so he was reluctant to start over.
However, that loyalty will only last for so long.
"If another team wants to sign him to its active roster, he'll take it," Foster said.
Last season was Grennan's first in a 3-4 defense and he understood his role better as the year wore on. Had Grennan signed with the Falcons or the Texans, both of whom run 4-3 defenses, he would have been moved inside to defensive tackle.
Instead, Grennan thought it best to stay put in San Diego, where he has developed a close bond with his teammates and a comfortable life with his wife.
Grennan originally joined the Chargers when he signed a two-year contract as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2007. He was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference choice as senior at Eastern Washington.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.