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Browns Sign QB Pat Devlin, Waive C Ryan Seymour

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The Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Pat Devlin on Thursday, giving them five quarterbacks on the 90-man roster. With Connor Shaw having surgery on his thumb last week and Johnny Manziel being ruled out of this Saturday's preseason game due to a sore elbow, though, Cleveland needed another quarterback to serve as a "camp arm" over the next two weeks.

Devlin (6-3, 220 lbs) began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2011. He was with the Dolphins through 2013. In 2014, he spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, and earlier this offseason, he was with the Chicago Bears. When asked why the team chose to sign Devlin, head coach Mike Pettine basically said that it was because quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell was familiar with him from when he was a coach in Miami.

Pettine said that Devlin would not play in this week's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, unless an emergency came up (i.e. an injury to Josh McCown or Thaddeus Lewis). McCown is expected to play the first half this Saturday, with Lewis taking the rest of the game. Devlin could end up playing a half in the preseason finale.

To make room for Devlin on the roster, the team waived backup center Ryan Seymour, who is facing a four-game suspension to begin the 2015 season.