The Browns will roll with just two quarterbacks after all.
The team cut veteran third-string quarterback Rex Grossman as part of the trimming necessary to make room for waiver claims, a league source confirmed Sunday for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. ProFootballTalk.com reported the news Sunday after USA Today reported the move was expected.
The Browns have starting quarterback Brian Hoyer and rookie backup Johnny Manziel on the roster.
On Aug. 12, Grossman signed a one-year contract with the Browns worth $955,000, including $50,000 guaranteed, according to Spotrac.com.
Grossman, 34, spent the past five seasons with new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (four in Washington and one in Houston). Hoyer and Manziel had praised Grossman for his tutoring since he joined them.
“Rex is a veteran, he’s played in this system, he’s good for [Hoyer and Manziel] and he also showed that he can still throw it, and that’s the most important thing,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said Saturday in a news release. “He can still play.”
Grossman made his preseason debut with the Browns in their last exhibition game Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. He completed 4-of-8 passes for 80 yards and finished with a passer rating of 85.4.
So far, the Browns have reportedly claimed running back Glenn Winston, receiver LaRon Byrd and offensive linemen Ryan Seymour and Caylin Hauptmann off waivers.