Scraping the barrel's bottom
That’s right, Browns front office. Why not wait until Christmas week to ask Rex Grossman if he’d like to make about 50 or 60 grand and sign what amounts to a one-week contract?
Shouldn’t be shocking to learn Grossman said no thanks, although there are those in the media community who look snarkily at the decision and make fun of the Browns.
I’ve got plans to spend time with my family this week, Grossman sorta kinda told the club, and the thought of working out this week with you guys doesn’t exactly sound appealing.
OK, I made that last part up. But Grossman’s snub gives you some idea of just how miserable this season has become. It has devolved into one gigantic mess. Thank goodness there is only one game left.
With Johnny Manziel gone for the season and Brian Hoyer finding it difficult to raise his hand to go to the bathroom, the front office scrounged to find someone, anyone, to back up Connor Shaw, who has come off the practice squad and is the odds-on favorite to start Sunday in Baltimore against the Ravens.
In their exhaustive search to find anyone who would say yes, they remembered Tyler Thigpen, who spent about a week and a half in training camp before being let go last summer. He remembered them, too, and couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Yep, he’s the same Tyler Thigpen who was arrested a month ago in Myrtle Beach, S. C., and charged with driving under the influence after being found asleep in his car in a fast food drive thru.
So the Browns, all alone in first place in the AFC North after week 10, will play the 2014 finale with a third-string quarterback backed up by the season’s starting quarterback who is backed up by training-camp fodder.
Just when Browns fans thought things couldn’t get worse . . .