An 11-loss season by the Bears didn’t have too many highlights, but the ones provided by Jakeem Grant Sr. gave us brief moments of joy in what was far to bleak of a year for my liking.
And now, Grant will hopefully give Browns fans some highlights to remember fondly:
NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero has Grant going to the Browns. And for a decent chunk of change, too. It is a three-year deal worth $13.8 million, Pelissero tweets while citing Grant’s representation. That shakes out to $4.6 million per year for the Pro Bowl returner. And as far as I’m concerned, that is a big win for Grant and special teamers who could follow. At least, follow until the league’s rule changes make return specialists obsolete. But that is a conversation for a different night.
Circling back to Grant and the Bears, his time in Chicago was short. And costly, to an extent. Remember, former GM Ryan Pace sent a future conditional pick to acquire Grant in an in-season move. Trading future draft capital for a Pro Bowl niche player who doesn’t even spend a full year with the team seems on brand for the Pace era, doesn’t it? Ah, well, nevertheless. His decisions can’t harm us any more.
With Grant gone, the Bears could turn to Dazz Newsome, Khalil Herbert, or Darrynton Evans for help in the return game. And while that probably isn’t a high priority right now, it is always good to keep names in the back of your head for a later date.