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Friday, June 12, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Grossman's struggle

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

It was a real struggle for former Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman to get a job this offseason. In the end, this was the best he could do: Underdog competition for Houston's backup role.

Grossman has agreed to a one-year contract with Houston worth the veteran's minimum of $620,000, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. But as my AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky points out, the Texans paid free agent Dan Orlovsky too much money (three years, $8.5 million) to not make him the primary backup for starter Matt Schaub.

So, yes, Grossman likely will be the No. 3 quarterback in Houston in 2009, if he makes the team. But that appeared to be his best option after a quiet foray into the free-agent market.

Like many quarterbacks who were on the market, Grossman has endured some struggles in his past. But many NFL teams didn't foresee him overcoming those issues in a fresh environment. That's quite a fall for a player who started the Super Bowl three years ago.

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