Should the Redskins keep Rex (or any third QB)?

Should the Redskins keep Rex (or any third QB)?
February 11, 2014, 2:00 pm
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This morning, we examined the Redskins’ 2014 outlook for the quarterbacks. In the last few weeks examined two of the big questions surrounding the position. We debated whether or not the Redskins should seen to trade Kirk Cousins and We looked at whether or not the Redskins were focusing on Robert Griffin III too much. Now, CSNWashington.com Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will discuss the future of the other quarterback, Rex Grossman, and decide if he will or should be back in 2014.

Tandler: After starting a combined 16 games in 2010 and 2011, Grossman has been on the team as the third string quarterback the last two seasons. He signed two team friendly one-year contracts and he has not taken a snap.

We’re looking at two different questions here. Will Grossman, a pending free agent, want to come back? If he does, will the organization want him?

Many believe that Grossman will want to follow Kyle Shanahan to Cleveland. But the Browns already have a logjam at the position and they could look to draft one early. In addition, Shanahan does not have nearly the pull in the personnel department as he did in Washington, when the man with total control over personnel happened to be his father.

If Grossman wants to stay I would look for the Redskins to keep him if they intend to keep Kirk Cousins and go with three quarterbacks. Yes, the offense will change but there is no reason why Griffin, Cousins, and Grossman couldn’t learn it together.

However, I would have reservations about making Grossman the No. 2 QB. As Griffin’s primary backup he would be one hit away from taking the helm for a few games or longer. That would not be a good situation.

El-Bashir: The primary reasons the Redskins kept Grossman the past two seasons was his familiarity with the Shanahans’ offensive scheme and to mentor the team’s two young quarterbacks.

Well, the Shanahans are gone, the offense is changing and Griffin and Cousins are entering their third seasons in the NFL. So …

Answer this: if Cousins gets traded (and it’s unclear if that’s a even a possibility), would you be comfortable with Grossman as your No. 2? He’ll be 34 in August and hasn’t taken a snap in a meaningful game since 2011. That doesn’t sound like an ideal situation to me, not when you consider Griffin’s injury history.

And then there’s the issue of whether the Redskins even need three quarterbacks. That’s a roster spot and salary cap space. Sure, this team has significantly more space under the cap ceiling this offseason. But it’s got a lot of holes, too. Grossman counted $575,000 against the cap in 2013. Not a lot, but not totally insignificant, either.

By all accounts Grossman is a good guy, a good teammate and, for the past two seasons, provided the Redskins with a good insurance policy.

I’m just not sure putting a third quarterback on the 53-man roster makes sense anymore.