The Browns are in the process of signing quarterback Brett Ratliff off the New England Patriots' practice squad, Ratliff's agent, Joe Palumbo, said Monday.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal, and the Beacon Journal confirmed it through Palumbo.
With Cleveland's top two quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, hobbled with sprained right ankles, Ratliff appears to be set to serve as the team's backup quarterback Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his Monday afternoon news conference, Browns coach Eric Mangini said rookie Colt McCoy could become Cleveland's starting quarterback.
Ratliff spent last season with the Browns. He served as their third quarterback for the first 14 games and their backup for the final two. He was cut by the Browns in early September.