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Report: Browns Bringing QB Austin Davis in for Physical, Hope to Sign Him

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Browns have officially signed QB Austin Davis. Original story below.


According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Cleveland Browns are flying QB Austin Davis to Cleveland for a visit with the team on Monday. Fowler says that Austin will also take a physical, with the intention that he is going to sign with the club.

On the surface, it would seem to make sense for the Browns to sign Davis to their practice squad, considering they only filled eight of their ten spots on Sunday. It would prevent Cleveland from having to cut a player from their 53-man roster, especially since we know one roster move will already be coming later this week to add another running back.

However, it's possible that the Browns' interest in Davis might be stronger than one would think. Back in March, Fowler reported that prior to Cleveland having signed QB Josh McCown, they had inquired with the St. Louis Rams about acquiring Davis via a trade, but the talks "never really went anywhere." If the Browns' coaching staff really likes Davis, who started 8 games for the Rams in 2014, they might just try to find a spot on their 53-man roster for him.

Taking over for the injured Sam Bradford, Davis completed 63.4% of his passes in 2014, throwing for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions en route to a 3-5 record as a starter. The Rams acquired QB Nick Foles this offseason and drafted QB Sean Mannion in the third round. Case Keenum also won the No. 2 job, which meant that Davis was on the outs in St. Louis.