T.J. Yates didn't impress fans with his performance against the Titans last Friday, and while Sean Renfree has been pretty consistent throughout camp and the first preseason game, a report is circulating that suggests the Falcons may be looking to add a veteran presence at the backup quarterback position.
ESPN's Dianna Russini reported that the Rex Grossman turned down an offer from the New York Jets, who ended up signing Matt Flynn instead. While that transaction in and of itself probably isn't of particular interest to Falcons fan, the reason Russini gave certainly is.
Matt Flynn signing with the Jets after Rex Grossman turned them down. I'm told there is interest in Grossman from the Atlanta Falcons— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) August 19, 2015
D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution challenges that assertion.
QB Rex Grossman is interested in the #Falcons. Not the other way around. Team is happy with Yates and Renfree.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) August 19, 2015
While Grossman has a long connection to Shanahan, it would be odd for the Falcons to bring in a backup in late August that hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2011. I tend to think Ledbetter is right here, but since we don't know for certain, it's up for debate.
Grossman and Shanahan were together in Houston in 2009, when Shanahan was the Texans' offensive coordinator and Grossman was the backup to Matt Schaub. Shanahan and Grossman spent the 2010 through 2013 seasons together in Washington, and Grossman even spent some time in Cleveland last season when Shanahan was the Browns' offensive coordinator.
Your thoughts on the Falcons potentially bringing in Grossman as a backup quarterback candidate?