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A flurry of Redskins’ free agency activity
The Redskins are still being active in this second wave of free agency.
This morning they signed quarterback Rex Grossman, formerly of the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears, to a one-year deal.
Grossman, 29, has played in 37 career games, with 31 starts–including Super Bowl XLI–in his seven-year career. He has completed 524-of-971 for 6,197 yards, with 33 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. That body of work ostensibly qualifies him to back up quarterback Jason Campbell, though we’ll confirm with Mike Shanahan later today that’s indeed Grossman’s role.
Grossman attracted the Redskins because he spent last year in Houston in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.
The Redskins also have scheduled a couple of free-agent visits later this week.
Former Pittsburgh and Miami outside linebacker Joey Porter will visit on Thursday, according to a report by NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora. Porter knows Redskins new linebackers coach Lou Spanos from his years in Pittsburgh. He had nine sacks with Miami last season and has 133 in his 11-year career.
I wonder about the quality of fit in Washington, though. Porter, 32, is a right outside linebacker, and that’s the side on which Brian Orakpo played last year in earning a Pro Bowl nomination. Perhaps one of them could move or be used differently, but how willing either of them is to change is unknown. We’ll see.
Washington is also scheduled to host free agent offensive lineman Barry Sims on Friday, according to a source familiar with the situation. Sims, 35, started 15 games combined over the last two seasons in San Francisco, where he was coached by current Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster. He’s a versatile lineman with experience playing tackle, a position the Redskins still must address.