Skins Sign Backup QB With Championship Pedigree, Sort Of

Grossman already familiar with new offense

By Brett Feinberg
|  Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010  |  Updated 4:36 PM EDT
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Skins Sign Backup QB With Championship Pedigree, Sort Of

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The Washington Redskins picked a quarterback and they didn't even have to wait 'til draft night.

The team announced it signed free agent quarterback Rex Grossman, who already knows the new offense after serving as a backup quarterback in Kyle Shanahan's system in Houston last year.

Grossman fills the backup quarterback void left when the team cut Todd Collins. Grossman likely will remain in that same role. The 29-year-old  has started only 31 games in his seven-year career, though Rex has done something starter Jason Campbell hasn't -- led his team to the Super Bowl.

Grossman led the Chicago Bears to a 13-3 regular season record in 2006, followed by a playoff run to the Super Bowl. His numbers were not impressive during the season. Basically Grossman was told, "You don't have to win the game, just don't lose it for us." Rex threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions during the season, definitely not impressive numbers. And in that Super Bowl against the Colts, Rex threw for just 165 yards and two picks.

The Redskins signing Rex Grossman doesn't mean they won't still take a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in the draft. However, maybe the top brass will pick that lineman that everyone wants and wait until the second round to pick a quarterback for the future. Don't forget, Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round.

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