As Rex Grossman prepares to enter free agency and Washington coaches begin to seriously evaluate quarterback prospects, the Redskins quarterback said he’d like to return to Washington next season.
“I really enjoy it here. I really enjoy this offensive system, what they’re building here. So I’d love for this to be the place where I end up,” Grossman said after the Redskins’ 34-10 loss Sunday in Philadelphia.
Of course, that decision will ultimately be made by Coach Mike Shanahan and his staff, not the nine-year veteran.
Grossman’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, attended Sunday’s game at Lincoln Financial Field and said it’s too early to guess what Grossman might do in free agency.
“It’s too early. I don’t really want to speculate what might happen right after a loss like this,” he said.
After winning a preseason position battle against John Beck, Grossman started 13 of the Redskins’ 16 games this season. He threw at least one interception in each -- 20 in all -- but also threw for at least 250 yards seven times. In Sunday’s loss, he was 22 of 45 passing for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Grossman was a free agent each of the past three years. He signed a one-year contract with Washington the past two, so he’s familiar with offseason uncertainty.
“It’s part of this job. …Obviously, everybody would love to have a 10-year contract worth $200 million and you could just Albert Pujols it,” he said. “That’s not always the case and you just got to work hard and go about it, worry about what you can control and take care of business.”
The free agent market for quarterbacks is not expected to be very deep. After three years in the Redskins’ offensive system -- he was Houston’s backup quarterback in 2009 under current Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan -- it’s possible Washington might still represent Grossman’s best opportunity to contribute next year.
“I’m not sure what my opportunities are going to be. But I hope this is the best opportunity,” he said. “And like I said, it’s a very good team, I’m proud of every single teammate that I played with...Everybody really worked hard, nobody gave up, we had a great week of practice this week. Everybody was into it. We have great character in that locker room. Even though we finished where we finished, I was proud to be a part of this team.”