Cleveland Browns Reportedly Claim QB Thaddeus Lewis from Rams

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Thaddeus Lewis #12 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams beat the Ravens 27-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

It looks like the Cleveland Browns are going to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster after all. According to various reports on Twitter, former St. Louis Rams quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is the newest member of the Browns after having an excellent preseason. The Rams already had Sam Bradford as their franchise quarterback, so Lewis was battling with veteran A.J. Feeley for the backup role. Many thought that Lewis would end up replacing Feeley because of his youth, but the team retained Feeley instead. It is believed the Rams were trying to sneak Lewis through to the practice squad. This was what the Rams said before the cut was made:

Spagnuolo said second-year quarterback Thaddeus Lewis has made the decision on who will be the Rams' second-string quarterback this season much tougher. Lewis completed 20 of 27 for 238 yards in the preseason.

"He and A.J. (Feeley) were always competing in there," Spagnuolo said. "A.J. was the guy last year and Thad was on the practice squad. I think both of those guys have done a good job. I think that is one of the tougher decisions. We'll see what we do here in the next 24 hours."

Since Lewis was on the Rams last year, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur no doubt had some extra insight as to what the young quarterback has to offer; apparently something more than Jarrett Brown. There's no word yet on who the Browns waived to make room for Lewis.

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