Browns cut former Coastal QB Thigpen, sign Grossman

nfl-thigpenbrownsWith all the attention focused on the Cleveland Browns quarterback competition between Nos. 1 and 2, the team cut their No. 3 QB, former Coastal Carolina standout Tyler Thigpen on Tuesday.

The Browns signed former Chicago Bears’ first-round draft pick Rex Grossman after waiving Tyler Thigpen, who had a subpar outing in the Browns’ preseason game against the Detroit Lions over the weekend. The team decided it was time to make a switch.

“I’m not going to get into the specifics of the ‘why’ behind stuff,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday. “There are a lot of factors involved. We wanted to give Tyler an opportunity. We did and we felt it was time to go ahead and take a look at Rex.”

Thigpen, who was an All-American at Coastal after leading the inaugural Chanticleers squad for most of four seasons. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007 and  played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills before sitting out last season. The Browns invited him to camp to try to earn a spot behind Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel, but he was unable to land the job.

Grossman is in his 12th NFL season and hits the ground with a complete understanding of Kyle Shanahan’s offense in which he played with the Washington Redskins. Grossman was the third-string quarterback in Washington behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Browns

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