RETROBEAST: CHARLES GRANT

Randy PowersContributor IJanuary 22, 2010
A cornerstone of the Saints defense since his arrival, Grant has consistently been a force as a pass rusher and against the run. He anchors the left side of the defensive line and ranks 10th in club history with 41.5 sacks. The former first round pick out of Georgia has started 90 games since joining the Saints in 2002, more than any other player over that span. His 2008 season was derailed after eight games with a triceps injury, landing Grant on injured reserve for the first time in his career. He was off to a strong start, including notching 41 tackles, posting his first multi-sack game since 2004 and teaming with DT Sedrick Ellis for a safety. Combining with Will Smith to give the Saints one of the top defensive end tandems in the league, in his career Grant has posted 452 tackles, 13 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries – including one in 2002 that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown – and an interception. No player in club history has posted more sacks in his first three years than the 27.5 that Grant had from 2002-04.