The Redskins have their backup for RG3. And it’s RG3
According to media reports, the Redskins have signed Rex Grossman, who started 13 games for them has year, to a one-year contract. The move was reported first on Pro Football Talk and has since been confirmed by other media outlets.
Grossman (full name Rex Daniel Grossman III) is expected to back up whichever quarterback the Redskins draft with the second overall pick. That is widely expected to be Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor.
Last year Grossman completed 265 of 458 passes for 3,151 yards and 16 touchdowns. His major bugaboo was turnovers. He threw 20 interceptions and fumbled eight times.
Although the Redskins were ready to move on from Grossman as their starter, he likely was the team’s choice to be the veteran backup because he knows Kyle Shanahan’s offense as well as anyone. He spent a year with the younger Shanahan in Houston before coming to Washington when Shanahan was named the Redskins’ offensive coordinator in 2010.
It remains to be seen if Griffin (or possibly Andrew Luck if the Colts do the unexpected and draft Griffin) will be ready to start the first game of the season. If not, Grossman would start until the rookie is ready to go.
The Redskins are 6-10 in Grossman’s 16 starts for the Redskins in 2010 and 2011.