Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 4/21/12
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- According to multiple reports, Packers free-agent running back Ryan Grant visited New England this week and may soon be joining Tom Brady and the Patriots.The 29-year-old Grant is no longer the every-down back in Green Bay that he once was, splitting time with James Starks this past season. But losing Grant right before the draft would leave Packers general manager Ted Thompson will one less choice in the backfield heading into the 2012 season.Given Grant's free-agent status, he is free to sign anywhere. However, according to the reports, Grant was not the only running back to visit New England. Former Arizona Cardinal Tim Hightower, as well as former Indianapolis Colts' first-round pick Joseph Addai, also met with the Patriots.In 2009, Grant rushed for 1,253 yards in 282 attempts. But after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 1 of the 2010 season -- after which the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl -- Grant has not been back in that starring role. He returned to the field in 2011, but went back and forth with Starks. Grant carried the ball 134 times for 559 yards, while Starks rushed 133 times for 578 yards.If Grant leaves, Green Bay will still have Starks on the roster, as well as 2011 third-round pick Alex Green and non-drafted running back Brandon Saine. Regardless of the situation with Grant, It is likely that the Packers are looking to select another running back in next week's draft. The running back position is considered by most analysts to be Green Bay's third-biggest need heading into the draft, and by far the team's most pressing offensive need.Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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