Negotiations stop and start

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Negotiations stop and start
Negotiations between the Green Bay Packers and running back Ryan Grant look like they have come to a standstill while those with the remaining unsigned draft choices near an end.

The prospects of Grant getting a deal in time for camp don't look good at the moment.

“I’ve done everything I can to be cooperative,” Grant's agent Alan Herman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But if you’ve not had any dialogue there’s nothing you can do. Can things change tomorrow or Saturday? Yes. But I have no reason to call them. I’ve called them so many times.”

Grant has little leverage being away years away from free agency. His only bargaining chip is withholding his services.

The Railbird view: Hold your ground, Packers. I like Ryan Grant, but he hasn't even showed his worth over a full season yet. A performance-laden deal is in the best interests of the Packers, which I have no problem with. But the longer Grant holds out, the harder it will be for him to reach those incentives. With the emergence of Brandon Jackson this offseason, Grant shouldn't hold out for long.

Meanwhile, a deal for tight end Jermichael Finley looks imminent.

"Peter Schaffer, the agent for tight end Jermichael Finley, said Friday evening that the two sides were close to having the tight end’s contract done," reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In addition, the agent for second round cornerback Patrick Lee also said that the possibility of a deal is "getting there" for his client.

That leaves only wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback Brian Brohm left. Look for those deals to get hammered out either Sunday or Monday morning before practice. At worst, they'll miss a day or two of camp, but there shouldn't be a lengthy holdout expected for either one.
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