The Cleveland Browns filled their final roster spot on Wednesday by signing veteran inside linebacker Larry Grant to a one-year deal. A lot of Browns fans will already be familiar with Grant because he was a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes in college.
Grant was a 7th-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008. He spent most of his rookie season on the 49ers' practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster of the St. Louis Rams. Grant saw a lot of action on special teams with the Rams, and in his final season with the team (2010), he was named a starter. Grant's starting role only lasted 8 games.
The 49ers then added Grant to their roster again from 2011-2012, but he played part of the 2013 season with the Chicago Bears. He only appeared in two games, but other than that, he was not on anybody's roster. Therefore, he's trying to make a comeback of sorts with the Browns. Grant participated in the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend on a tryout basis and showed enough to warrant another look. Right now, I'd pen him in as a direct competitor to the roster spot of special teams inside linebacker Tank Carder.