LARAMIE — Carl Granderson is still a member of the New Orleans Saints, but the team has made a roster move with the former Wyoming football player in the wake of the jail time he recently received in his sexual battery case.
The Saints, who signed Granderson as a free agent in April, designated Granderson as reserve/did not report Thursday, according to the New Orleans Advocate Times-Picayune. The move coincided with the first day the team’s rookies reported for training camp, which will begin July 26.
It comes a week after Granderson was sentenced to six months in jail by Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken on one count of unlawful contact. Kricken’s sentence came after she rejected the terms of a plea agreement reached by both sides that included one year of unsupervised probation.
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She also handed down a one-year jail sentence on the sexual battery charge, though it was suspended in favor of one year of supervised probation that will begin once he’s served his six months. The case stemmed from charges originally filed against Granderson in February after two female UW students accused the 6-foot-5, 250-pound edge rusher of making unwanted sexual contact with them while they slept at his off-campus apartment just days following the Cowboys’ final game of the 2018 season.
Granderson went undrafted, but the Saints reportedly gave him $85,000 — the most of any of their undrafted free agent signings. The team has not commented publicly on his sentencing.
A two-time all-Mountain West selection who exhausted his eligibility last season, Granderson was remanded to the Albany County Detention Center immediately after his sentencing and would miss not only training camp and the preseason but all of the NFL’s regular season should he serve the full six months.