TAMPA--The Bachelor has a choice and he's picking Rex Grossman to be a winning quarterback in the NFL.
Somewhere else other than with the Bears.
Grossman's college teammate at Florida, Jesse Palmer, said he was a little surprised Grossman's career didn't continue on an upward path with the Bears, who drafted him in the first round in 2003.
"A little surprised to be honest,'' said Palmer, Tuesday afternoon at media day at Raymond James Stadium. "He's such a great competitor and football means so much to him and he has so much natural ability. I think the circumstances might have been a little tougher for him than anticipated, but at the same time he is a great competitor. There is no doubt in my mind he is going to succeed in the NFL somewhere else.''
Grossman is headed toward free agency and it's unknown where that might lead him. One thought was he could wind up here with the Buccaneers, but that might change now that Jon Gruden has left. Former Bears quarterbacks coach Greg Olson is with the Bucs, and he tried to recruit Grossman to Purdue out of high school. The Bucs could be in the market for a passer. But movement for Grossman is a month away with free agency opening Feb. 27.
"To get through the NFC the way Rex did, the way he played at certain times was unbelievable, the production,'' Palmer said. "But I guess the inconsistency in the end may have been a little bit of an issue. Having played in the NFL, I know that is the one thing they look a lot at, consistency week in week out. Maybe they were looking for a guy to manage games, keep them in games rather than a guy who is either very hot or very cold. I think you understand really why they did that and what you're going to get from Kyle Orton on a week to week basis.''