Grant Moving to Strong Safety?

Grant Moving to Strong Safety?

Seahawks safety Deon Grant told the NFL Network on Tuesday that although he's always played free safety throughout his seven-year career with the Panthers and Jaguars, he'll be "bulking up" and moving to strong safety for his new team.

Listed at 6’2” and 210 pounds, Grant has played in 96 straight regular season games since 2001. According to Grant, the roots of his position switch came when Jaguars strong safety Donovin Darius, a nine-year veteran, suffered a broken right ankle and missed the final six games of the 2006 season.

“I’m going to put a little weight on (and play strong),” Grant said, when asked by the NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk who would play where between Grant and fellow free-agent acquisition Brian Russell. Russell will play free safety. “I guess they (the Seattle coaching staff) saw enough (on film) last year. I never really had to play in the box before, but when Donovin got hurt, Gerry (strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh) and I switched it up, and there’s enough there to really show them that I can go down there and get in the box, also. I always wanted to play in the box, but I never had the opportunity.”

Grant was signed to a six-year contact (worth in excess of $30 million) with the Seahawks in March of 2007, The signing bonus of $11 million is said to be the highest for any safety in league history, and makes Grant the third-highest paid safety behind Dallas Roy Williams and Baltimore’s Ed Reed. Grant would replace Michael Boulware at the strong safety position. Boulware came on strong in his rookie year of 2004, but the Florida State graduate was benched for several games last year after proving to be ineffective against the pass.

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