Grant's Return Is Guaranteed

Ryan Grant agrees to take a $1 million pay cut, according to Adam Caplan. Plus, Winston Moss reacts to the news at his alma mater, plus more from Wednesday.

In a win-win proposition, Ryan Grant agreed to a $1 million pay cut, according to former Scout.com NFL writer Adam Caplan, who now writes for TheSidelineView.com.

From Grant's perspective, by slashing his base salary from $3.5 million to $2.5 million, it eliminates whatever doubt there was that he'd make the final roster. That's because by agreeing to the reduced salary, the Packers guaranteed the full $2.5 million. None of the $3.5 million was guaranteed.

From the Packers' perspective, they got an extra $1 million in salary cap space by reducing Grant's cap number from $4,796,875 to $3,796,875, a source with access to contract information told Packer Report.

That's huge, because the Packers have three key players set to hit free agency after this season — Jermichael Finley, Josh Sitton and Jordy Nelson. The extra money could be used to give them in-season contract extensions to prevent them from hitting the open market in March.

Grant, who received a $1 million roster bonus and is due $750,000 in roster bonuses ($46,875 for each game on the active roster), is in the final year of his contract. He was one of four backs to record 1,200-yard rushing seasons in 2008 and 2009. He missed most of last season with an ankle injury sustained in the opener at Philadelphia.

"My motivation is I have a lot to prove to myself, along with to others – to my teammates, to my coaches," Grant said after a strong performance against Arizona last week. "I've done it on a high level and I'm going to continue to do it. I think they have that confidence in me, on both sides."

Moss and Miami

Assistant head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss was a candidate to coach at his alma mater, Miami, though that job went to Al Golden in December.

Turns out that was a stroke of good luck for Moss, considering the so-called "death penalty" is a possibility given the corruption in the school's athletic program.

"It's heartbreaking what's going on there right now," Moss said. "We'll see what direction that goes in. I'm pulling for them. I know whatever comes out of that situation, it's going to be a long, hard grind. I'm going to be a Hurricane for life. That program is in my blood, and anything they need from a resource standpoint, I'm willing to give in order to provide whatever type of assistance they need as far as support. I'm glad where I am right now. I can't speculate on anything that hasn't happened. It's just heartbreaking right now."

Injury updates

New injuries: WR Greg Jennings (bruised knee).

While coach Mike McCarthy didn't rule out Jennings from Friday's game, it's almost a certainty he won't play.

Old injuries: WR Shaky Smithson (shoulder), WR Randall Cobb (bruised knees), S Anthony Levine (concussion), LB K.C. Asiodu (shoulder), LB Frank Zombo (scapula), G Adrian Battles (Achilles), T Chris Campbell (knee), DE Lawrence Guy (concussion), DE Mike Neal (knee), DE C.J. Wilson (concussion).

Neal won't play against the Colts.

Returned to practice: C/G Sampson Genus (turf toe), LB Brad Jones (knee sprain).

Four-point stance

— There were two more blocked punts, including when undrafted running back Brandon Saine got past Charlie Peprah and the No. 1 punt team. McCarthy said undrafted receiver Tori Gurley has blocked three during camp, including one earlier this week. On the down side for Gurley, he didn't come out with the No. 2 punt return team and was scolded by special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum.

— Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said star linebacker Clay Matthews will play "two, three, four series" and McCarthy said the front-line players will not play into the second half.

"I would think that our 1s would probably play a half, and then we'll get a good look at the rest of the guys, basically," Capers said. "You always hope that you can go out there and put together a good half, where guys get a little feel for playing with each other and the communication aspect of things. We still have some evaluation to do because you think about it there's some young guys, too."

— For the second consecutive day, Slocum worked all four core units, plus the field goal team. Rookies Ryan Taylor and D.J. Smith were on all four core units, as were John Kuhn and Tom Crabtree. Chastin West replaced the injured Randall Cobb as the No. 1 punt returner. On field goals, Mason Crosby hit both attempts, from 36 and 42 yards.

— Cornerback Jack Butler and guard Dick Stanfel, both members of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1950s, were named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee as finalists for election into the Hall of Fame with the Class of 2012. Three former Packers were in the running: Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson and Lavvie Dilweg.


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