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Rex Grossman turns down return to Browns in favor of family

Rex Grossman, Cornelius Washington

Cleveland Browns quarterback Rex Grossman (3) throws an incomplete pass after being hit by Chicago Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington (94) in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


With Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer both injured after Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, the Cleveland Browns needed to look for quarterback help for the final week of the season.

Rex Grossman spent a portion of the 2014 preseason with Cleveland and the Browns called to see if he was interested in returning for Week 17 and a game check of at least $56,000. According to Jeremy Fowler of, Grossman said thanks but no thanks.

Grossman apparently is bringing his whole family into town this week for the Christmas holiday and couldn’t work out the logistics of a return to the Browns. As an 11-year NFL veteran, Grossman would have been able to make at least $56,176 for a one-week return effort.

With Manziel and Hoyer hurt, and Grossman saying no, the Browns may have to start undrafted rookie Connor Shaw this week against the Baltimore Ravens.