The Dolphins still are trying to make up for the loss of DE Philip Merling, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the offseason. After signing Marques Douglas to the squad on Tuesday, Miami took a chance on former New Orleans DE Charles Grant, inking him to a two-year deal.
As the Miami Herald writes, Grant has plenty to prove.
He missed the Saints playoff run last year because of a torn triceps muscle, and he has faced legal issues the past two years.
The Herald has the particulars:
Grant, you see, was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a February 2008 altercation in a bar – what else? – in which a pregnant woman was shot to death. Grant initially denied being an instigator or a participant in the incident.
But that changed when the issue went to court. He pleaded no contest to affray, which means fighting. Assistant District Attorney Ron Smith told the Associated Press Grant was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $20,000 restitution to the Early County Sheriff's Office for his role in the fight. Grant, who is from Colquitt, Ga., was stabbed in the neck during the fight in nearby Blakely that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Korynda Reed.
Smith said Grant's longtime friend, Laquient Macklin, and Grant's cousin, Marshae Stromer, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and affray and paid $1,000 fines and were put on two years probation.
Grant won’t automatically move into a starting spot. He’ll have to compete with Douglas and Kendall Langford for that position – it appears first-round pick Jared Odrick will take the other DE spot – and Grant will play in a 3-4 defense for the first time. But based on past production, Grant, who’s more accomplished than any other DE on the Dolphins roster, will have a good shot at earning plenty of playing time.
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