With quarterbacks dropping like flies around the National Football League, speculation is starting to grow about the trade market for quarterbacks with the deadline approaching. Today’s Chicago Tribune is reporting that now Bears backup Rex Grossman might just be available. Grossman was replaced two weeks ago by Brian Griese, and with a win under his belt, is appears that Griese is the starter to stay for now for the Bears.
There are plenty of teams around the league with injured starters, which inlcudes J.P. Losman of the Bills, Matt Leinart of the Cardinals, Trent Green of the Dolphins, Tarvaris Jackson of the Vikings, Jake Delhomme of the Panthers, Marc Bulger of the Rams and Alex Smith of the 49ers. It was reported today that Delhomme is going to miss the rest of the season after having elbow surgery.
The trade deadline is October 16th, and Bears GM Jerry Angelo is stating that Grossman is not on the market. “Rarely do you see someone pick up a quarterback during the season … to hit the ground running and bring that team to the promised land, so to speak,” Angelo said. “I don’t anticipate that. You go with the hand you’re dealt at certain positions, and the quarterback position is one of them.”
Grossman is a free agent at the end of the 2007 season, and it would be best for him to get a fresh start with a new team. While the odds of him being moved are slim, here’s willing to bet that he will not be a Bear when training camp starts in 2008.