Quarterback Alex Tanney, who’s never taken a snap in an NFL game, agreed to terms with the Browns today. He will likely be the backup to Brandon Weeden on Sunday vs. Jacksonville.
Tanney (6-foot-3, 223 pounds) had spent the season on the practice squad of the Cowboys after being cut at the end of the preseason. He went 40-for-73 for 423 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions during the preseason.
Thankful for everything the Jones family and Dallas staff has done for me. Great organization. New chapter starts in Cleveland today #Browns
— Alex Tanney (@AlexTanney) November 26, 2013
The Browns have had only two quarterbacks on the roster since Brian Hoyer was placed on season-ending injured reserve Oct. 12 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Adding another quarterback became a necessity when starter Jason Campbell suffered a concussion Sunday against Pittsburgh. He’s following the NFL’s concussion protocol and is unlikely to be cleared by Sunday.
Tanney, 26, was undrafted in 2012 out of Division III Monmouth College and spent last season on Kansas City’s injured reserve with a finger injury. He set the NCAA record in all divisions with 157 touchdown passes and set the Division III record with 14,249 passing yards.
Tanney gained recognition for a trick-shot video he made while at Monmouth. He makes a variety of difficult and interesting throws to a series of targets, and the youtube.com video has been viewed more than 3 million times.
He throws out an apartment window to a guy in the back of a moving pickup truck, hits the crossbar from his knees from 50 yards and throws several balls into basketball hoops from across the gym, including a bank shot.
Caleb Hanie was scheduled for a workout with the Browns but won’t be signed. Hanie has started four games in five years, all with the Bears in 2011.