The Cleveland Browns have made a decision at quarterback. No they haven’t decided between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer, instead they decided that Tyler Thigpen wasn’t cutting it as the 3rd string/veteran backup guy. So they cut him and brought in Rex Grossman today.
Grossman was rumored to the Browns early in the off-season based on his knowledge of the Kyle Shanahan system and his general ability to be veteran presence. Instead the Browns chose to sign Thigpen and undrafted free agent Connor Shaw, who is still on the team.
The addition of Grossman says very little about the Hoyer/Manziel competition. Instead Shanahan, head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer saw all they needed from Thigpen to cut the cord. Grossman’s experience with Shanahan should help both Hoyer and Manziel in the QB room.
For Grossman this isn’t what he expected when he “led” the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl. He hasn’t been a full time starter in years and wasn’t able to latch on with a team until the middle of Training Camp. It is possible that he doesn’t even make the 53 man roster, though with Hoyer and Manziel the Browns should look to keep 3 QBs.
Much like Hoyer’s experience has given him the edge over Manziel, Grossman’s experience gives him the leg up on Shaw for the 3rd spot. Shaw would likely make it through to the Browns practice squad if cut. Grossman may not be able to win many games on his own if forced into playing but likely wouldn’t lose them either.
Grossman was spotted on the field this morning:
Rex is in the building! pic.twitter.com/hSgjSwLjtP
— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) August 12, 2014
How much does this matter to the Browns in your opinion?