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2014 Redskins Free Agents - Rex Grossman - Buy or Sell?

2014 Redskins Free Agents – Rex Grossman – Buy or Sell?

Washington Redskins backup quarterback Rex Grossman signed with the team in 2010 as a free agent.  He had spent a season as backup with the Houston Texans while Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator there.  And when Shanahan joined his father Mike on the coaching staff with the Redskins, Grossman followed him.

The Redskins traded for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2010 also, and he became the starting quarterback of the team, and Grossman initially served as the backup.  But after McNabb struggled and his relationship with the Shanahan’s deteriorated, Grossman replaced McNabb as the Redskins starter late in the 2010 season.

McNabb was then traded in the off-season, and the Grossman then competed with John Beck to determine who the starter would be for the 2011 season.  Grossman won the battle, and began the season as the starter, but was benched after struggling early in the season.  Grossman then regained the starting job from Beck late in the 2011 season.

The Redskins re-signed Grossman to another contract, but then drafted Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins in the 2012 draft, which relegated Grossman to third string.   Grossman was inactive much of 2013, and didn’t play at all during the season.  Now Grossman is a free agent and it’s unknown if he’s in new head coach Jay Gruden’s plans.

If the Redskins trade backup Kirk Cousins, then it might be smart to bring Grossman back.  If nothing else, he’s a decent backup, and has been a good sounding board for RGIII over his few seasons.  And if the Redskins draft a new backup after Cousins is traded, then Grossman could handle the backup duties until the rookie got up to speed.

So I say keep Grossman, but only if Cousins is traded.  But cut him loose if Cousins stays.  What do you think about free agent Rex Grossman?  Buy or Sell?


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