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Browns sign QB Alex Tanney off Cowboys' practice squad; team won't sign Caleb Hanie, who worked out

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 26, 2013

The Browns signed quarterback Alex Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad, according to the Cowboys’ official website.

The Browns later announced this afternoon that they have agreed to terms with Tanney.

With Tanney joining the Browns, the team will not sign veteran free-agent quarterback Caleb Hanie, a league source told the Beacon Journal. Hanie worked out for the Browns as planned, the source said.

Tanney, who's best known for the trick-shot video above, will be on the active roster and will likely serve as Brandon Weeden’s backup Sunday when the Browns (4-7) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9). Weeden is expected to start in place of Jason Campbell, who suffered a concussion this past weekend in a 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Thankful for everything the Jones family and Dallas staff has done for me,” Tanney wrote today on Twitter. “Great organization. New chapter starts in Cleveland today #Browns.”       

Tanney, 26, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie from Division III Monmouth College who found fame because of the viral video from two years ago that shows him making trick football throws. He also set the NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes among all divisions with 157.

After the 2012 preseason finale, the Chiefs placed Tanney on injured reserve with a finger injury. The Chiefs cut him in May, and the Cowboys signed him July 21 for depth during training camp. He has been on the Cowboys’ practice squad all season.

“[The Browns] signed him off of our practice roster, and he’s done a really nice job for us,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the team’s official website. “We got a chance to see him in training camp do some positive things. He played in the preseason, did some positive things, and he’s really approached it well once the season started to take charge of that scout team and do a good job with that.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Tanney played in all five of the Cowboys’ exhibition games this year. He finished the preseason 40-of-73 passing (54.8 percent) for 423 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He took 11 sacks and posted with a passer rating of 65.0.

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