The Browns signed backup quarterback Rex Grossman on Tuesday, while waiving backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen. Grossman has played 11 NFL seasons with the Bears, Texans, and Redskins.
Grossman is clearly the No. 3 quarterback on the Browns’ depth chart, as Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer compete for the Browns’ starting job. However, Grossman and Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have worked together with both the Redskins and Texans. Shanahan’s familiarity with Grossman played a role in the Browns adding him to their roster.
Grossman has not played an NFL game since 2011, when he compiled a 5-8 record in 13 starts with the Redskins. Grossman worked out for the Dolphins on Monday, but they decided to sign Brady Quinn as a backup quarterback.
The high point of Grossman’s career was with the Bears, when he went to Super Bowl XLI as their starting quarterback. The Bears lost that Super Bowl to the Colts, and Grossman lost his starting job the next season.
With his experience in Shanahan’s offense, Grossman can be helpful as a tutor to Manziel, helping him grasp the system more quickly.