Rex Grossman’s three-year stay with the Washington Redskins may not be over.

An unrestricted free agent for a third straight offseason, Grossman didn’t see any action with Washington in 2012. But with reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III recovering from offseason knee surgery and second-year passer Kirk Cousins the only other signal caller on the roster, the Redskins will likely turn back to the reliable veteran as a 2013 insurance policy.

“I expect him to be back,” Shanahan said of Grossman on Wednesday at the NFL’s annual owners meetings in Phoenix.

“We’ve talked about it. You’re one play away or two plays away from being the starter,” Shanahan said. “We have to have a guy that come in and feel confident in and execute our offense.”

Grossman, who has started 47 games and played in a Super Bowl during a 10-year career that has spanned three organizations, knows every nuance of the Redskins’ offense. He played under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston before being brought to the Redskins as a reserve back in 2010.

While the majority of his four years under the younger Shanahan have been spent primarily on the bench, Grossman did throw for 3,100 yards and 16 touchdowns during a turnover-plagued 13-game stint as Washington’s starter back in 2011.

The former Florida Gator’s in-game experience and time studying the team’s playbook over the years makes him as viable an option to fill the ‘veteran backup’ spot on the roster as anybody.

“I’d like to have Rex back,” Shanahan said.

Retaining the 32-year-old won’t break the bank for the cash-strapped Redskins, yet another reason why it likely won’t be long before Grossman is making his way back to Redskins Park.



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