Rex Grossman has had it with you ignorant people questioning his ability to be a successful NFL quarterback. You hear me? He's HAD IT! And he's so fed up that he might refuse to sign with the Bears before his contract expires in 2008, allowing him to test the open market.
Start with Grossman. Sometime after the draft, when all other issues have been resolved, the team and Grossman's agent, Eugene Parker, likely will discuss a contract extension. Neither Grossman nor the Bears really prefer for the quarterback to enter the final year of his deal in 2007, but both sides have compelling reasons to change their minds.
Grossman might be so fed up with his treatment in Chicago that he would be willing to test the open market in 2008 and gamble that in his second season as a starter he will enjoy a more consistent and potentially Pro Bowl-caliber year.
The fact remains: Grossman, in the biggest game of his career, went against conventional wisdom so obvious that even I, a blogger knows about it: DO NOT throw deep in the fourth quarter of a game being played in the rain when you're only down by one possession. It was obvious enough that the ball was almost too slippery to even hold onto. Whenever I'm quarterbacking a pickup game, I always make sure to go with the underneath stuff if I'm playing in the rain. It's just logic, but that's something that has escaped Grossman's quarterback play all season long.
The Bears won in spite of Grossman, not because of him, and for all the defending Lovie Smith has done over the season, it's got to be obvious to the Bears' front office that this is NOT the guy you win a Super Bowl with.