One of the New Orleans Saints’ undrafted rookies may have to put his career on hold.
Defensive end Carl Granderson was sentenced to six months in jail in his sexual battery case after his plea agreement was rejected by a Wyoming court, according to the Casper (Wyo.) Star Tribune.
Granderson had changed his plea to no contest on charges of sexual battery and unlawful conduct on Thursday, and he was also given a one year jail sentence that will be suspended with a supervised probation of one year which will go into effect after he serves his six month jail sentence.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said in May that the organization was confident in signing Granderson given the information they had available at the time.
“We felt real comfortable with everything we knew, and so far he’s done a good job here,” Payton said following the second day of Saints rookie minicamp.
During his collegiate career, Granderson was projected by national analysts to be, at best, a third day selection in the NFL Draft, but ultimately he was not selected by any team.
New Orleans then went after him as one of their priority undrafted free agent players and gave him a signing bonus of $15,000 and a base salary of $70,000, all of which is guaranteed.