Former New Orleans DE Charles Grant put the Carolina Panthers on his three-team wish list of destinations Wednesday, but at the moment, there's no reciprocation.
Grant, appearing on Sirius NFL Radio, mentioned the Panthers, Falcons and Titans among his preferred teams. The 31-year-old said the two NFC South teams are attractive so he could play the Saints twice a year.
From a football standpoint, they could certainly use Grant, who had 5.5 sacks last year and 47.0 in nine seasons with the Saints. But there's also some off-field baggage they'd have to consider (he could still face a league suspension in the StarCaps case), along with their own youth movement.
Grant's agent, Bill Johnson, said Wednesday he hadn't heard from the Panthers but thought they'd be a great fit.
In many respects, it's similar to the conversations about Jets DE Marques Douglas. There's some degree of interest because the Panthers could use a veteran behind kid ends Charles Johnson and Everette Brown. The fact Douglas lives in South Charlotte dovetails conveniently as well.
But one league source described it as "just talking," at the moment, meaning no visits have been set up.
The Panthers might still invest in a veteran end, but if they do, it will likely be later.