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Browns reportedly sign “trick shot” quarterback Alex Tanney

The Cleveland Browns have reportedly signed quarterback Alex Tanney to their active roster, acquiring him from the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. This sourced report comes from The Dallas Morning News.

Earlier on Tuesday, Tanney tweeted that he was going to begin a “new chapter” with Cleveland, a team that is in need of a reserve quarterback folllowing the concussion sustained by Jason Campbell this past Sunday in the loss to Pittsburgh.

Tanney went undrafted out of Division III Monmouth (Ill.) in 2012. He signed with Kansas City and after the final preseason game the Chiefs placed him on injured reserve with a finger injury. The Chiefs cut Tanney in May, and the Cowboys signed him early in training camp in mid-July.

Tanney’s offensive numbers in college make him one of the greatest Division III quarterbacks ever, but he is known more for being the “trick-shot” quarterback due to a viral video from several years ago which show the quarterback throwing the football through or into a variety of objects.

The Browns, as you may recall, are no strangers to YouTube sensations coming to Berea, providing a tryout to Norwegian kicker “Kickalicious,” Håvard Rugland.

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  • jeff

    wtf

  • Kildawg

    I’ll take him starting over WeeDone, because why not?

  • PML

    Black and Yellow, really?

  • Hopwin

    Sweet now let’s put a bow on this season by picking up Kickalicious and see about finding us a running back who can moonwalk into the endzone in cleats.

  • MallaLubba

    There has got to be a way to get Rugland and Tanney together to pull off some kind of tight window pass into a kick ricochet for a field goal. It should be this organizations singular focus to make this happen.

  • Harv 21

    Fine, but two problems:

    – he’s staring down his targets.

    – Greg Little’s gonna drop it anyway.

  • Garry_Owen

    “Cleveland, a team that is in need of a reserve quarterback”
    Ah, if only that was the descriptive depth of what the Browns are . . .

  • So – he’ll be ready for Sunday right? Like, to start?

  • CB Everett

    This is going to be fantastic! Just think–Tanney drops back. Looks left. Josh Gordon breaks from the defender in his Ford F-150. The ball ricochets off the the jumbo tron…

  • Shadow

    Sweet accuracy in those trick shots, though it reminds me of those youtube posts I saw of Weeden pre-draft of him hitting clay pigeons. That didn’t go so well.

  • Chris Mc

    I thought “Rugland and Tanney” was that new edgy cop show on the USA Network?

  • Jason Hurley

    Quick, someone sign those trash cans!

  • rtpinfla

    That’s the first thing I thought of.

  • Hopwin

    Alright I laughed so hard at this I couldn’t breathe for a minute

  • cmm13

    Agreed… He stared down that right goal post from the moment it left the line.

  • cmm13

    Somewhere Tim Tebow is crying.

  • Harv 21

    inspired. Matter of fact, I think of Greg Little’s hands as forming a big trash can. Just one without a bottom.

  • Harv 21

    and then another Browns season was reduced to dark humor.

  • nj0

    I was going to say that this move is “very Browns”, but then I realized that this guy can actually entertain people with a football which is the exact opposite of “very Browns”.

  • cmm13

    Monmouth college….. Monmouth…….
    Monmouth is a division 3 school……division…..
    Division is a fairly simple concept of math…….concept……
    Bill Belichick constructs fascinating concepts of offensive and defensive football……Belichick …….
    Nick Saban was once an employee is Bill Belichick……..

    Guys…..THIS MEANS THE BROWNS ARE HIRING NICK SABAN.

  • Lunch

    Does he know the Air Corell offense?

  • Lunch

    Does he know the Air Coryell offense?

  • Lunch

    “Tanney’s offensive numbers in college make him one of the greatest Division III quarterbacks ever, but he is known more for being the “trick-shot” quarterback due to a viral video from several years ago which show the quarterback throwing the football through or into a variety of objects.”

    So the Browns signed their franchise QB and is no longer in need of one in the draft. Confirmed?

  • Big Z

    Yes, but how is his underhand flip pass?

  • Eric G

    I can’t wait to see his 3rd and long check down. I bet it’s really great!

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    The real trick is going to be completing a pass with Schwartz backpedaling into him.

  • rtpinfla

    A league minimum salary and near guarantee of an injury he will feel every morning for the rest of his life in no more than 10 quarters of play? I bet he is salivating at the chance.
    Good Luck Mr Tanney and welcome to Cleveland.

  • bupalos

    PUT HIM IN !!! PUT HIM IN NOW!!!!!

  • bupalos

    League minimum is 420k. Buys a few advil.

  • xerxes

    so can we agree the coaches and team have written off the season and the fans are in agreement?

  • mgbode

    26K/game though.

  • Toddyus

    And, finally, it’s been said: a trash can holds on to a pass better than Little…