Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
It was a real struggle for former Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman to get a job this offseason. In the end, this was the best he could do: Underdog competition for Houston's backup role.
Grossman has agreed to a one-year contract with Houston worth the veteran's minimum of $620,000, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. But as my AFC South colleague Paul Kuharsky points out, the Texans paid free agent Dan Orlovsky too much money (three years, $8.5 million) to not make him the primary backup for starter Matt Schaub.
So, yes, Grossman likely will be the No. 3 quarterback in Houston in 2009, if he makes the team. But that appeared to be his best option after a quiet foray into the free-agent market.
Like many quarterbacks who were on the market, Grossman has endured some struggles in his past. But many NFL teams didn't foresee him overcoming those issues in a fresh environment. That's quite a fall for a player who started the Super Bowl three years ago.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears officials have a meeting scheduled for next week with representatives of Lewis University in Romeoville, where they might relocate their future training camps. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune reports Minnesota's ticket sales are down 10-15 percent off last year's numbers. Would the addition of quarterback Brett Favre change that?
Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe referred to the Favre saga as "Favre-a-palooza." Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has more player reaction.
Former Vikings coach Mike Tice on his lower public profile as an assistant in Jacksonville: "I haven't done an interview in a couple of years. There was a time in my career when I cared about being in the paper all the time. Now there are other people who are at that point in their careers. God bless them. I was that guy once. Now I just want to win." Vito Stellino of the Jacksonville Times-Union has the story.
In a chat on the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Web site, Mike Vandermause predicts the Packers will win the NFC North with a 10-6 record.
To fight their own ticket-sales woes, the Lions have invited 6,000 fans to their June 24 minicamp session, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions linebacker Alex Lewis should never have been considered a starting-caliber player, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.