- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ASHBURN, Va. | Free-agent quarterback Rex Grossman signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Wednesday.

Grossman spent last season with the Houston Texans, where he worked with new Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan held the same position with the Texans and now will be an assistant to his father, new Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

“Rex has some experience with Kyle Shanahan in Houston,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said. “He wanted to give us an opportunity, and we’re glad to give him one.”

Allen deflected a question whether Grossman would be a backup in Washington or get a chance to compete for the starting QB job, saying: “We’re going to continue to try and add competition for every position.”

The Redskins released veteran backup Todd Collins on March 4.

Before signing with Houston, the 29-year-old Grossman played the previous six seasons with the Chicago Bears, leading them to the Super Bowl after the 2006 season.

He has played in 37 NFL games, including 31 starts. He has completed 524 of 971 passes (54 percent) for 6,197 yards, with 33 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

“We want competition,” Mike Shananan said. “As you look at Rex’s background, you can see what he’s done, the experience he has. He, obviously, has a year into the system. I’m looking forward to seeing all these quarterbacks — what they can do on the field.”

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