Ireland and the Dolphins signed their third defensive lineman in five days late Monday night, agreeing to a two-year, $4.5 million contract with nine-year veteran Charles Grant, according to NFL.com. An e-mail from Grant’s agent seeking confirmation was not immediately returned Monday night.http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedaily ... les-grant/
Grant, a 2002 first-round pick, played his first eight years with the New Orleans Saints, though he did not play in last February’s Super Bowl because of injury. He has 47 career sacks, including 5.5 last year, with 16 career forced fumbles. Grant started all 16 games last year before suffering a season-ending triceps injury in the 2009 season finale. The Saints cut him on March 5, and he had been selected by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
The Saints deemed him expendable after signing Alex Brown and re-signing Bobby McCray this offseason. Grant, 31, also has a four-game suspension looming over his head stemming from a positive drug test in 2008. His suspension was put on hiatus while two players from the Minnesota Vikings filed a lawsuit against the producer of a supplement which caused the positive tests.
The Dolphins also signed nose tackle Montavious Stanley and defensive end Marques Douglas in the past five days, following the retirement of Jason Ferguson and season-ending injury suffered by Phillip Merling.
Grant will compete with Ryan Baker, Tony McDaniel, Lionel Dotson and Ikaika Alama-Francis for a roster spot.