Rex Grossman joins Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland


Rex Grossman (center) with Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III and Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur last December. (Jonathan Newton / Washington Post)

Rex Grossman will be reunited with Kyle Shanahan, signing with the Cleveland Browns ahead of their preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Monday.

Grossman, the backup in Washington during Shanahan’s time as offensive coordinator, will be play the same role to Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel under Shanahan, now the Browns’ offensive coordinator. In order to sign Grossman, the team released Tyler Thigpen. On Monday, Grossman had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins, who signed Brady Quinn as a backup to Ryan Tannehill.

The advantage in signing Grossman, an 11-year veteran, is the knowledge he brings of Shanahan’s system. The two worked together for four years in Washington and another in Houston.

“Rex is excited to work with Kyle Shanahan again,” Grossman’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Pro Football Talk, which first reported the signing. “This is a great fit for him.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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