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Combine: Grossman could earn close to $5 million

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INDIANAPOLIS—Rex Grossman will be paid a base salary of $3 million this coming season per the contract his agent agreed to with the Bears at noon local time.

The deal includes incentives totaling a little less than $2 million that are easily attainable according to his agent Eugene Parker, provided Grossman is the starter.

``Rex wanted to be back,’’ Parker said. ``He made it clear to me what he wanted to do and he wanted to be in Chicago. He wants to win with those guys.’’

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Glad to have Rex back! Now if we only had a REAL QB quarterbacks coach to develop his skills we'd be in good shape.
( Who the hell is Pep Hamilton???)

3-5 million? I would have signed for $1 million. I am confident I can fumble a snap, trip and fall down, run backwards until tackled for a loss, throw the ball up for grabs, run and fumble, and toss it directly to the guy in the other uniform at a key moment to kill a drive. Thats my body of work, and we'll go from there. I am firing my agent and hiring Drew, the Devils Advocate.

Angelo and Lovie are as paternalistic as President W. The contract should stipulate that if Bad Rex shows his molars, the triumvirate of Angelo, Smith and Grossman will all be gone the following year. When the rest of the league -- especially the NFC North -- cheers your roster move (as they did when the braintrust let Thomas Jones go), it's simply a horrid decision.

He will be an expensive backup to Kyle Orton. A prospect will be drafted to be the #3 to hopefully develop for 2009-2010.

Wow. I guess you guys forgot about a 13 & 3 season with a trip to the super bowl. But yea your right. Rex sucks, Lovie sucks, and so does Angelo. I'm sure you could do there job better. Either show them some support or shut up.

Idiots.

If they can get an offensive line, a RB and some receivers that know how to catch maybe Rex can show off his arm a little. Rex is hardly the biggest problem the offense has, and there arent very many other choices out there anyways. Does anyone seriously get excited at the prospect of Kyle Orton being the starter ? Get off Grossmans back.

Rex will be a great QB in this league, and I do think that it will be this year. We'll look back and realize that our OL was not giving our QB's time to throw, that Moose was too old and slow, and that Mark Bradley and Devin Hester were the two WR's we were looking for all these years.

Here's my question: What QB were the Bears going after this off-season? Donovan McNabb; The Eagles would want too much for him. We could draft a quaterback (preferably Joe Flacco, Chad Henne, or John David Booty); but if and when we do draft a QB, he'll probably take 2 to 3 years to learn the system and mature to the speed of NFL.

Signing Rex Grossman was the sensible thing they could've done. He and Kyle Orton will now battle for the starting QB job. We now need to re-sign L.B, B.B, and B.A. Sign Alan Faneca in free eagency and go to the draft going for offensive players: OT, RB, OT, QB, WR, G, G, and so forth.

WHAT A MISTAKE THE BEARS HAVE MADE. WHO WILL BAD REX PASS THE BALL TOO. THE BEARS RELEASED ALL THER RECEIVERS.BAD REX WILL ALWAYS BE BAD REX

I think its a good deal any way u look at it. Parcells was ready to take Grossman to Miami. There is nothing better out there. So now we need to shore up the offensive line, sign Berrian and Ayanbadejo, let go of Briggs (to much $$)and get ready to go back to the playoffs. Can u imagine Hester and Berrian torching defenses all year? Grossman clearly has the arm to get them the ball....I see a good plan formulating. Glad your back REX!

SIGNING WRECK GROSSMAN IS GOOD AND BAD. GOOD: THERE ISN'T MUCH OUT THERE TO TAKE. THE DRAFT HAS SOME TALENT BUT NOT THE WIN NOW GUY. A ROOKIE QB WILL TAKE TWO OR THREE YEARS TO DEVELOPE, CONSIDERING THIS OFFENSE. PLUS THERE IS NOW COMPETITION FOR THE QB SPOT AND REX WILL GET THE NOD BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T LET TWO GAMES AT THE END OF THE SEASON FOOL YOU. ORTON DIDN'T WIN THE GAMES HE JUST DIDN'T LOSE THE GAMES. orton WILL NOT GET US TO ANOTHER SUPER BOWL. BAD: rex WILL NOT WIN US A SUPER BOWL. HIS MECHANICS ARE BEYOND REPAIRABLE. HE GETS NERVOUS AND CONFUSSED TO EASY WHEN THE PRESSURES ON. TO NICK, THE 13-3 RECORD WAS WITH GREAT SPECIAL TEAMS, GREAT DEFENSE AND A RUNNING GAME. HE STILL DID NOTHING IN BIG GAMES HE PRODUCED GREAT GAMES AGAINST BAD TEAMS. SO DON'T CALL US IDIOTS WHEN YOUR PRECEPTION OF REALITY IS OBSCURED WITH THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. LISTEN I LOVE THE BEARS AND I HOPE THE BEARS WIN THE SUPER BOWL WITH REX BUT IT WON'T HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT OLINE CHANGES ARE MADE.

This is actually very good for rex. a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.. rex controls his own destiny here. he can become a bear for a long time or find himself on another team next yr. if rex plays well the bears will offer him a long term deal. that deal may come in the later part of the season if the bears are in the playoffs with a good shot at winning at least the nfc championship game.

I really like this move by JA and i'm quite sure that was part of what was said to have rex a one year deal. This will definitely make rex hungry and i some how feel he will excel the way we had hope he would barring injury or bad oline play. I'm really excited about this season maybe this will get brain head berrian to sit his a$$ down and sign the dotted line as well as the other f/a.

sorry to get so emtional right now but rex is the man. each time he does the playaction fake i just close my eyes and grab my nipples like the coach from waterboy cuz i know it's going to be a td baby.

to M. Bruhnke... dude he did nothin in big games?? he threw 3 td's against seattle 4 in the season opener, he beat the giants silly and beat seattle in the playoffs again wtf r u talkin about?? in the super bowl blame everybody cause it was as sloppy as a game can get oh and i guess grossman was the one covering wayne when he was left alone right? if ur gonna talk about a player talk about the team too cause he doesnt play alone 11 on off and 11 on def and i still say if brown was playing we wouldve won the whole thing one of the best safeties/playmakers in the league

Most of what I'm going to write has been said here before, but since I don't want to plagiarize, I'll type away. In an imperfect world, there must only be, by definition, imperfect solutions. The Bears, in all likelihood, don't and won't have a high enough pick to select one of the concensus QBs in the first round (Ryan, Brohm, and others), have few options in free agency (an aging and VERY expensive Donovan McNabb, a career backup in Billy Volek, a restricted free agent in Derek Anderson, to name a few), and no decidedly better internal options: Kyle Orton might possess marginally better decision-making, ball security, and mobility, but Rex probably has him beat, however slightly, in arm strength, accuracy, and the ability to run a no-huddle/hurry-up offense.
The Bears have so many other holes, beginning with the offensive line. Look at what happened when the vaunted Patriots' front five failed to execute in the most critical game of the year: even the great Tom Brady was battered like a rag doll, and by the end of the 4th quarter, looked dazed and confused. Rex is an effective pocket passer (assuming we have any weapons left once all the Rosenhaus clients leave town) when given time to make decisions. That the Bears o-line suffered a predictable decline this year (given their increasing age) and that Cedric Benson is proving to be just THIS close to draft pick bust-ville combined to form a perfect storm of hurt that only served to increase the appearances of Bad Rex. It didn't help that Brian Griese proved to be not much better during his appearances (aside from that amazing drive against the Eagles) and that Rex was knocked out for the rest of the season in the Redskins game.
As an aside, I certainly don't think signing Alan Faneca is the answer. He is 31 and would likely command 8 million a year for at least 4 years. Better to find someone young and serviceable in the draft. Not every left tackle drafted needs to, or can be, Tarik Glenn. As a corollary, we probably need a running back, too. I sometimes pound my desk in frustration when other teams can trot out the likes of undrafted/practice squad-types like Selvin Young, Ryan Grant, and Kolby Smith, while the Bears can only reminisce to the sweet memories of Salaam, Enis, and perhaps one day in the not-too-distant future, Benson, but I digress. The secondary isn't much to write home about either, especially the nightmare that is Adam Archuleta. I'm beginning to understand why Joe Gibbs basically benched him in Washington.
From Rex's point of view, he understands the Ron Turner system and at least has a chance to compete for the starting job. He would probably be relegated to backup elsewhere, and has yet ANOTHER chance to stay healthy for a full season and prove his worth for next season's free-agency period. 5 millions bucks ain't bad either.
I have this theory that an "average" team in the modern NFL will inevitably go 5-5, with those games either being dominant or ugly (i.e., wins or losses by more than 1 TD). The outcomes of the other remaining 6 games literally boils down to either one play; a tipped pass, a toe an inch out of bounds, a field goal missed, or injury, which is a fancy way of saying "luck." Whatever machinations Angelo goes through this offseason, he'll probably manage to field an average team. The rest is going to be luck. So let's wish the Bears a LOT of luck this coming year.

If it's all about the duckets, certainly be happy with 3 mil guaranteed(and 2 mil more for the taking)and those of you who complain about BAD rex can see he is OBVIOUSLY better than ANY other option. Good luck Rex, work hard and do your best (as I would ask of any Bear). GO BEAR!

alejandro, you are talking about games that were played in 2006, but lets discuss. i agree with Eric rex usally can't play good in big games. yes he had two good games and several desent games. the 4tds game you write about wasn't the first game it was the second against the lions lol thats not a big game. the seattle games was a total of three tds in two games and one int. the giants game was good. but lets talk about the pats game with three ints includes the one at the end when we still had a chance. the arizona game ie. 4ints miami 3ints minn 5ints. total gb 4ints total. the super bowl was in bad weather but payton had play on the same field. the super bowl mvp was better then rex in every catagory. how bout the jump ball to moose returned for a td. does these numbers mean anything to you 10.2, 0.0, 1.3 ??????? let me remind you.....passer rating for rex in three games in 2006 lol. he threw 3 or more ints in six games o alejando u talk about three big games in 2006 remember that he is being paid as a nfl qb and if you are happy with this production then that shows the bears expectation of the qb position is terrible. career 31tds 33ints :-) so alejando wtf are talking about.

Mr. Angelo,
I'll take one of those contracts you're giving away to awful QBs.
I'm really awful! In a flag football game I once threw 7 picks!
And I can be had cheap! I'll take only $2mil/year.

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