Third string QB options limited

Third string QB options limited
March 19, 2013, 5:45 am
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Although the Redskins are pressed up against their penalty-reduced salary cap, it’s possible the team will opt to create space by restructuring a contract or asking another player to take a pay cut. After all, they have holes to fill. 

We’ve already looked at the cornerbacks, free safeties and tight ends that remain unsigned. But what about a backup quarterback? No one can be sure when exactly Robert Griffin III will be ready. And if he’s unable to start the season, that could mean the Redskins are a Kirk Cousins’ injury away from, well, who knows?

Let’s take a look at three options:

Name: Rex Grossman

Former team: Redskins

The skinny: Despite not taking a single snap last season, Grossman, by all accounts, was a consummate professional, serving as a mentor to both Griffin and Cousins. But there are questions that must be answered. With a sketchy group of quarterbacks on the market, might Grossman garner a second-string job elsewhere? Also, the 32-year-old counted $1.3 million against the cap last season; can the Redskins afford to keep him?

Name: Josh Johnson

Former team: Browns

The skinny: Although Johnson was out of football until Week 17 last season, he was drafted in 2008 by the Buccaneers and Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, who was in Tampa at the time. Johnson also reportedly made a free agent visit to Redskins Park last offseason and was worked out by the Bengals last week. Athletic with a strong arm, the 26-year-old has appeared in 27 games, completing 54.2-percent of his pass attempts for 1,042 yards. He’s also tossed five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

Name: Kellen Clemens

Former team: Rams

The skinny: The 29-year-old spent the past two seasons in St. Louis, where he appeared in five games, making three starts. Prior to joining the Rams in 2011, Clemens competed for the backup role in Washington but was released following the preseason. In 30 career games, he’s completed 51.9-percent of his passes for 2,271 yards, seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions.