The first grumbles of a possible home for Rex Grossman are coming from Detroit and Houston. The Texans are looking to replace soon-to-be-traded backup Sage Rosenfels while Detroit is looking to do so many things.
Free agency begins at 11:01 p.m., at which time Grossman’s tenure here is ovah, and he joins a motley crew of ho-hum QB free agents, including Dan Orlovsky, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Patrick Ramsey.
Why any team would take a pass on Jeff Garcia for the likes of Sex Cannon, however, is beyond me.
It’s interesting to note how the Houston Chronicle describes Grossman to its readers who haven’t endured the roller coaster Rexlationship this city has mired in for the past six years.
Grossman, 28, was a No. 1 pick with the Bears who helped them reach the Super Bowl after the 2006 season but lost his starting job. He had one start last season when he had two touchdowns and two interceptions.
My God, there is so much more to that story.
But somehow, not everyone is as happy as Sports Pros(e) to see Grossman go. Trib columnist David Haugh yesterday spent 1,300 words defending Grossman, contesting that the former Gator didn’t get a fair shake in Chicago. Short of streaming violin music in the background, Haugh’s column is almost enough to make even the most vocal boo bird blush:
‘Some of my home games felt like away games,’ Grossman said Wednesday in a Sirius Radio interview. It speaks to how deeply scarred Grossman feels that he specifically turned down requests from the Tribune and other Chicago media, according to agent Eugene Parker, and broke his prolonged silence on a national satellite radio show. … To say all the abuse comes with the territory of being an NFL quarterback lets too many fools off the hook. The treatment was over-the-top.
Like any departure from Chicago of a polarizing athlete, Grossman’s departure is sure to stir of a bevy of emotions. So, what do you say, Chicago? What kind of sendoff do you think Rex Grossman deserves?
Chicago awaits Rex-ile [USA Today]
Wishing Rex a fond farewell [Daily Herald]
There goes Grossman [NBC Chicago]