With two preseason games left before the 2015 NFL season kicks off, the Atlanta Falcons have signed 35-year-old QB Rex Grossman to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Grossman has not played since 2011, but was on the Washington Redskins roster in 2012 and 2013. In 2011, Grossman started 13 games for Washington, throwing for 3,151 yards, completing passes 57.9 percent of the time. Grossman averaged 6.9 yards per throw with 16 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He was sacked 25 times that year and had a QB rating of 72.4. Grossman did not play in any games in 2012 or 2013. He is best known for leading the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl during the 2006 season.
This timely signing comes after both Falcons backups have had subpar preseason outings against the Titans and Jets. T.J. Yates, who joined the Falcons in 2014, has thrown for 183 yards on 30 attempts with two interceptions and zero touchdowns this preseason. Meanwhile, Sean Renfree, who was the Falcons' 2013 seventh-round draft pick, has 162 yards passing on 21 attempts with zero touchdowns and interceptions.
Grossman is familiar with the offense run by Atlanta's new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The two were in Washington together for several seasons. Grossman should know the offense relatively well and the thought has to be that he will help Matt Ryan learn Shanahan's offense now and throughout the season.
— Written by Justin Nails, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @justinnails