The Browns have re-signed veteran quarterback Tyler Thigpen, a league source confirmed Tuesday morning for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move.
The Browns later announced the move. They waived rookie fullback Ray Agnew to make room on the roster for Thigpen.
With rookie Johnny Manziel ruled out of the season finale Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (9-6) because of an injured left hamstring and Brian Hoyer dealing with an injured throwing shoulder, the Browns (7-8) are thin at quarterback.
If Hoyer can't play, the Browns will start undrafted rookie Connor Shaw, who's been on the practice squad all season. Thigpen would serve as Shaw's backup in the event Hoyer is out. ESPN's Adam Caplan reported Hoyer also "has a badly bruised bicep."
Aug 12, 2014 · 10:25 AM EDT
The Browns found a new third-string quarterback and dumped another on Tuesday, signing Rex Grossman and waiving Tyler Thigpen.
Grossman, 33, gives the Browns a veteran backup who's fluent in the system employed by new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Grossman spent the past five seasons with Shanahan -- one with the Houston Texans and the last four with the Washington Redskins.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that QB Vince Young signed a one-year contract with the Packers following a successful workout with the team.
ESPN's Ed Werder was the first to report of the imminent signing.
Rapoport reported that the Packers have a quarterback meeting Monday night and Young plans to attend.
The signal-caller makes his NFL return after a one-year hiatus. He was cut by the Buffalo Bills last summer after he somehow managed to lose the backup quarterback job to Tyler Thigpen. Young has had additional stops with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans.
Young will serve as a more dependable backup to Rodgers than Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman. Neither has done much to inspire confidence in the early stages of camp for the Packers.
The Kansas City Chiefs recently imported Chris Ault, the godfather of the pistol offense, to help install the NFL's latest strategic craze. The offense is old hat for Jamaal Charles, who operated out of the pistol under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and quarterback Tyler Thigpen back in 2008.
"I ran it my rookie year and I love it," Charles said on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Thursday. "I ain't never been around no offense that's about to be explosive and about to put me in space and making me make plays. I see Frank Gore had success with (the pistol) with the (San Francisco) 49ers. If he can have success, I hope I can have success as well."
Charles's arrow is pointing up with the arrival of Andy Reid as head coach and the capable Alex Smith at quarterback.