While the talk around the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio surrounds quarterbacks Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel, the third string quarterback made some news on Wednesday. Austin Davis has agreed to a two year extension with the Browns.
Davis was claimed by the Browns from the St. Louis Rams after he was waived at the end of the preseason. Reports say the deal is worth $4.173 million with $500,000 guaranteed. Davis was signed by the Browns as a backup to begin the regular season in case Manziel could not play because of a sore throwing elbow.
“Not going to speak specifically on contract issues. Austin, as I’ve been very clear with here, was a guy that we liked,” head coach Mike Pettine said. “A lot of times those windows will open up, sometimes at the request of the agent, and if the two sides are in agreement that there is a window of opportunity to get something done, then you move forward and get it done. The specifics of it I won’t get into, but I just know that he’s a player that we like his skillset, we like his mentality, we like his competitiveness, how he approaches football and felt it would be a win for us to get him signed to a longer-term contract.”
Davis was inactive for the first and third games of the season when McCown was the starting quarterback. Davis was the backup quarterback in week two when Manziel started for McCown who was not cleared from the NFL’s protocol for concussions.
Davis made his NFL debut last year with the Rams. Davis appeared in ten games with eight starts in St. Louis. Davis threw for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 63 percent of his passes.