Rex Grossman has snuck into the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback competition. The 11-year veteran signed with the Browns on Tuesday. He won’t be a front-runner for first-team reps, but with the job wide open, he will jockey with Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer for a spot with the Browns.
To make space for Grossman, the Browns have waived Tyler Thirgpen.
Grossman is a natural fit due to his history working with Kyle Shanahan with the Washington Redskins.
“[Grossman] is excited to work with Kyle Shanahan again. This is a great fit for him,” agent Drew Rosenhaus said.
If nothing else, Grossman can be a coach with a helmet. He can mentor two younger quarterbacks in a system with which he’s familiar. Due to his value as a wealth of knowledge, the Browns could carry three quarterbacks. Connor Shaw could see his role diminishing in camp. Grossman’s presence considerably worsens his chance for a roster spot.
Grossman could act as insurance against the potential re-injury of Hoyer and the slow development of Manziel. He will most likely settle as a back up or third-stringer.
Fun fact, via ESPN’s Field Yates: 5 QB’s have been taken 22nd overall in NFL draft history. 4 have played for the Browns: Manziel, Quinn, Weeden and now Rex Grossman.
Grossman has a career completion percent of 55. He has thrown for 10,232 yards, 56 touchdowns and 64 interceptions. He has played in 54 NFL games and has the quarterback rating of 71.4.
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