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SFinAustin 07-24-2003 02:13 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
I got this from


Failing Grady?

The Saints are preparing for the possibility defensive tackle Grady Jackson will retire.

Jackson has spent the offseason away from the team's practice facility, which has not endeared him to the coaching staff. He also is said to be way overweight, which could also be impacting his decision, since he will be fined every day if he does show up.

When in shape, Jackson was a good player against the run. But he got too heavy last season, and when he didn't work it off after the season, the Saints had had enough. They moved Kenny Smith into his starting spot. Rookie first-round pick Jonathan Sullivan, who is unsigned, is expected to be the other starter. Veteran Martin Chase is a quality reserve.

Whoever plays inside is going to have to keep blockers off the middle linebacker. There is a chance rookie Cie Grant could be the starter, although he missed a significant amount of time in the rookie program because his class at Ohio State didn't graduate until late. Grant will compete with Orlando Ruff at middle linebacker. Grant is one of those fast players teams are now looking to get on the field.

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coastalkid 07-24-2003 02:21 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
Now this is news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rusta 07-24-2003 03:31 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
i\'m not real sorry to see him go if he does but what kinda cap hit is that gonna stick us with? didn\'t he have like 2 years left on his deal?

BlackandBlue 07-24-2003 03:51 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
If a player retires, he forfeits the remainder of his contract.

saint5221 07-24-2003 04:57 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
This guy is a huge disappointment, what a waste! There are not any other quality DT out there now, unless the Skins stick to there threat to cut Dan Wilkinson. A in shape motivated Grady Jackson and none of this is a problem. If this guy does tank I sure hope Kenny Smith is for real.

SaintsFan 07-24-2003 05:03 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
Grady Jackson is way to \"FAT\", I think if he can get down to about 330, he could win the startind job back.

[Edited on 24/7/2003 by SaintsFan]

BlackandBlue 07-24-2003 07:50 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
I agree gator- I was really counting on Grady to get his act together and be the starting DT alongside Sullivan. I\'m sorry, but I don\'t see Sullivan/Smith keeping the O-line off Ruff, and he might end up playing worse than any of us could have predicted.

coastalkid 07-24-2003 07:54 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
Anyone remember Martin Chase? He had some quality games last year. This could be just the chance he has been waiting for. This is the guy who may suprise everyone and really step up his game.

lumm0x 07-24-2003 09:28 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
Lionel Dalton....has onyone signed him? He definitely keeps the blockers off the linebackers and we need the run support.

rusta 07-24-2003 09:35 PM

Grady To Retire!!!
i thought if a player retired early then the team had to put them on some kind of retired player list and they still tooak a small cap hit, like with deion, he retired but still belonged to the skins up until last year and i thought they took a hit for him too

maybe i just don\'t have enough brain cells left to support long term memory recall properly anymore

nocloning 07-25-2003 05:31 AM

Grady To Retire!!!
We need Yoda to clear up the cap situation, but here\'s my guess what will happen if Grady retires:
He forfeits the salaries for 2003+, however the team will take a hit for the signing bonus (don\'t remember what it was). The team can decide if it wants to spread it out over the whole contract length or take the entire hit this season. As the Saints are still under the cap quite substantially this wouldn\'t really a problem.
Gator is right, this could easily be our biggest problem. I always said that I hoped to have Grady back and at least back to 80% of what he could do. Don\'t expect him to ever hit 330 this season, even if he comes back. But I can\'t help it, I still want him in a Saints uniform this season.
Whatever your problem is, Grady, food is not gonna solve it. Don\'t go for 400!

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