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Grossman Agrees to New One Year Contract

By Prescott Carlson in News on Feb 23, 2008 7:22PM

Guess that knee injury Rex Grossman suffered last December wasn't so serious -- he was offered a new one year contract with the Bears, which he agreed to this morning. The Sun-Times calls the contract "imminent", and that it "includes incentives based on play time and performance".

Coach Lovie Smith is planning on pitting Grossman and Neckbeard against each other to battle it out for the starting spot:

Grossman, who earned $2.035 million last season, will not be handed the starting job. [Kyle] Orton played well enough in three starts to end the season to prove a viable option, one who is not mistakeprone and might be a good fit for the team, especially if the defense and running game return to form. The Bears have done all they can to avoid quarterback competitions in training camp since 2001 when Jim Miller edged Shane Matthews and Cade McNown was never really in the race. But the franchise has not been able to escape the everlasting turnover that seems to come with the position. In Angelo’s seven seasons, the team has changed starting quarterbacks 23 times.

Brian Griese's ass is packing in anticipation for a forthcoming kick to the curb.

Current click poll on the Sun-Times website is split 44% of voters thinking it's a good deal, 40% voting the Bears shouldn't have made the deal at all, and 14% indicating that the deal should have been longer. What say you, oh loyal Chicagoist readers? Was it a good idea to bring Rexyback? [S-T]

Photo by AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh.