Quarterback Rex Grossman To Return To Redskins Next Season
After an up-and-down season that surely impacted his value on the open market, quarterback Rex Grossman agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Washington Redskins on Saturday, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
Grossman, 31, started 13 games for the Redskins in 2011, beating out John Beck for that role in training camp. But he’s likely to find significantly more competition for that job this fall with Washington expected to draft a quarterback – likely Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner – with the No. 2 pick in April’s NFL Draft, which it acquired from St. Louis this week.
Grossman signed a one-year contract when the lockout ended last July with the expectation that he could improve his worth on the open market this offseason. But the unrestricted free agent struggled with turnovers – he had 20 interceptions and lost six fumbles – and completed only 57.9 percent of his passes for 3,151 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The quarterback offered alternating statements as the season ended as to whether he’d be comfortable returning to the Redskins for a third season and accepting what is likely a role mentoring a rookie quarterback. Beck is also under contract; Jonathan Crompton, who served as the practice squad quarterback last season, is also under team control.
“I think that there’s definitely things that I’ve put on tape in the games we’ve played to show that I’m fully capable of playing well,” Grossman said when the season ended. “I’m fully capable of making the plays that this offense needs, so we’ll see what happens.”
Grossman threw four interceptions in an Oct. 16 against Philadelphia, leading to his benching in favor of Beck. He missed the last two because of pneumonia – though he wouldn’t have played anyway – and sat out the Nov. 6 game against San Francisco before returning to a starting role Nov. 13 against Miami.
Grossman was originally selected out of Florida in the first round of the 2003 draft by Chicago and was the quarterback when the Bears lost to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl following the 2006 season.