To make room for Grossman on the roster, the Browns released quarterback Tyler Thigpen who had been the number three quarterback––the spot that Grossman will now occupy.
An 11-year veteran, he has played with three teams (Chicago, Houston and Washington) since being drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Bears.
At the height of his career he was playing in Super Bowl XLI for the Bears against the Indianapolis Colts. In that game, he was 20-of-28 for 165 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Bears 29-17 loss.
Even then he wasn’t a quarterback who would carry his team to victory. That Bears team was carried by one of the best defenses in recent history and Grossman did enough on offense to help them win games. When he was a full-time starter, he was considered too inconsistent.
Leaving the Bears after the 2008 season, he signed with Houston for 2009 and then with Washington where he played from 2010-2013.
The last time that he played in a a game was in the 2011 season where he started 11 games throwing for 3,151 yards, 16 touchdowns and 20 interceptions with a record of 5-8.
While playing in Houston and Washington, Grossman worked with current Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Having five years of prior experience with Shanahan as offensive coordinator is what got Grossman signed by the Browns.
At best he will be the third quarterback on the roster who won’t play unless Hoyer and Manziel are both injured. Grossman was brought in to be a veteran presence at quarterback to help Hoyer and Manziel learn the playbook. Also, Grossman can be a mentor to Manziel as Grossman is a former first round pick who knows the pressure of the job. He has also backed up Robert Griffin III in Washington and there are a few comparisons that can be made between Manziel and Griffin.
This is a smart move by the Browns as it is only going to be costing them the veteran minimum and Grossman is an experienced backup who knows Shanahan’s offense.