Chris Cooley makes a case for Rex Grossman in Washington

The Washington Redskins have at least one player ready for the future to be built around quarterback Rex Grossman.

That’s if Donovan McNabb does not return in 2011, and who believes that is a real possibility right now with his strained relationship with the Shanahans seemingly getting worse as time goes on?

Tight end Chris Cooley made a case for Grossman, the former first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, who first began working with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan last season when they were with the Houston Texans.

"I think he's done a fantastic job," Cooley Monday night on 106.7 The Fan in D.C., according to Rick Maese of the Washington Posst. "I think he deserves the opportunity he has to play, and I think he's making the most of it.

"It's going to come down to what our organization decides to do with No. 5. If he's by the phone and they tell him to go home or if they want him back. If something happens with Donovan, I think Rex is immediately the guy."

"If something happens with Donovan, you're going to address the position. Do you draft somebody? Maybe. Do you bring in a free agent? I don't know who's available. I think initially Rex would be the guy.”

First, the Redskins have to make a clear choice what they’re going to do with McNabb. The sooner they clear that matter up after the season, the better it will be for all parties involved. Grossman gave the offense a spark in a loss at Dallas, and the Redskins managed to upset Jacksonville on the road Sunday. It would be surprising if he was given a job outright, but Kyle Shanahan seems intrigued by Grossman and he could wind up in a legitimate competition. Still, is he the quarterback Mike Shanahan envisioned himself with when he returned to the game?

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