Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dolphins sign DE Charles Grant; waive OG Dimitri Tsoumpas

The Miami Dolphins made their third defensive line addition of the past week today, signing former New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant to a two-year contract.

Released by the New Orleans Saints in March three years into a seven-year, $63 million contract, Grant's deal with the Dolphins is believed to be worth up to $4.5 million.

The Dolphins also released rookie guard Dimitri Tsoumpas to bring the team's roster down to the 80-man limit.

Tsoumpas joined the Dolphins in January after two seasons with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders, including an All-Star selection in 2009.


Originally drafted by the Saints 25th overall out of Georgia in 2002, Started six of 16 games as a rookie and totaled 37 tackles, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles.

Granted notched double-digit sacks totals of 10 and 10.5 during his second and third seasons, respectively, while starting all 32 games during that span.

Starting all but 12 games for the Saints since the beginning of the 2005 season, Grant has been an up-and-down producer and has seen his pass-rushing impact drop off dramatically.

In addition to a high mark of six sacks (in 2006) over the last five years, Grant has failed to total more than three sacks in three seasons during that span.

After starting all 16 regular season games and recording 5.5 sacks for the Saints in 2009, Grant missed the entire postseason with a torn triceps.

Released on March 4, Grant listed the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tennessee Titans as three teams for which he'd like to play.

In May, Grant was clear of involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the February 2008 deaths of a 23-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn child during an altercation at a Georgia nightclub.

Instead, Grant plead guilty to public affray, leading to a $1,000 fine, one year of probation, and was forced to pay the sheriff's office $20,000 for the cost of the investigation.

Grant's UFL rights were claimed by the Omaha Nighthawks last month, but he did not sign with the team.


It's a bit surprising to see the Dolphins part ways with Tsoumpas before camp, as he was coming off a pretty good, albeit brief, CFL career. I would have expected for him to at least get a look as a reserve guard—at least over someone like Ray Feinga.

Either Tsoumpas expressed a desire to return to the CFL or the Dolphins just weren't impressed with what they saw of him in offseason workouts. Either way, he's the one that got the axe when it came time to trim the roster down to 80.

It's a bit surprising to see Grant signed here, as this is the third veteran defensive lineman added this week.

Despite his deal being advertised as a two-year, $4.5 million pact, I don't expect there is too much commitment on the Dolphins' end.

Transitioning from a 4-3 defensive end role, Grant has the bulk to stay at end in the 3-4 despite it being a very different role.

Grant has been a better run stopper than pass rusher for some time now, and his 6-5, 290-pound frame is similar to that of Phillip Merling's.

Despite his long career as a starter, Grant's play has actually dipped quite a bit in recent years, and he even shouldn't be considered a lock to make the roster.

In truth, Grant may be competing for one roster spot with fellow veteran Marques Douglas, who was signed on Monday.

My money would be on Douglas at this point, as he has more experience in the scheme and with the Dolphins' coaching staff. Plus, he's just been a lot better in recent years.

As always, you can check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.

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