Grossman Re-Signs for One Year
QB Rex Grossman (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
QB Rex Grossman (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
Posted Feb 23, 2008

The Chicago Bears didn't have very many options in free agency at the game's most important position, and drafting another quarterback in the first round would signal a rebuilding process. As a result, Rex Grossman agreed Saturday to terms on a one-year contract to stay in the Windy City.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a one-year deal with QB Rex Grossman today.

Grossman has a 19-11 (.633) regular season starting record in five seasons with the Bears, including a 13-3 record in 2006 when he helped lead Chicago to their first Super Bowl appearance in 21 years.

The University of Florida product has completed 489 of 900 passing attempts in his NFL career for 5,907 yards, 31 touchdowns and 33 interceptions for a 70.9 passer rating.

JC's Take: Grossman desperately wants to be a successful starting quarterback in this league, and the Monsters of the Midway still represent his best opportunity.

I've been saying all along that the former first-rounder would be back in Chicago next season because his options in free agency would be quite limited, and John Clayton of ESPN pretty much confirmed that belief when he and I chatted Friday at the NFL Combine. But this season, he'll most likely be in heated competition with Kyle Orton for the starting job as opposed to being anointed the No. 1 guy like the last few years. Expect Brian Griese to be released shortly, since he's due a $300,000 roster bonus in March and doesn't figure to be a discernably better option than Orton right now as a backup.

Additionally, re-signing Grossman just about guarantees that GM Jerry Angelo will look for yet another quarterback of the future in this April's draft – perhaps in the second or third round.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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