With Johnny Manziel experiencing some arm soreness, the Browns will bring in another quarterback for insurance purposes, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, who reports (via Twitter) that the team is signing former Dolphin Pat Devlin, pending a physical.
Devlin, 27, has never played in a regular-season NFL game, but he spent parts of three seasons with the Dolphins, either on the team’s practice squad or active roster. Last year, he signed to the Vikings’ practice squad in November and spent the last couple months of the season on Minnesota’s unit.
Adam Caplan of ESPN.com first reported last night (via Twitter) that Devlin would be working out with the Browns today. Garafolo added (via Twitter) that the club also “nosed around” Josh Johnson, but Cleveland didn’t bring in Johnson for an audition of his own. With the Browns no longer an option, Johnson will work out today for the Jets, tweets Garafolo.
An MRI on Manziel’s shoulder revealed no structural damage, but the Browns intend to shut down the second-year quarterback for the rest of the preseason, given his elbow soreness, as Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland writes. A broken thumb has also sidelined Connor Shaw, so adding Devlin to the roster should help the team finish out the preseason — the newly-added QB seems unlikely to earn a spot on the 53-man squad.