Skip to content

Browns sign trick-shot quarterback Alex Tanney

Alex Tanney AP

If the Browns want to run a trick play on which the quarterback drops back to pass, throws the ball deep into the end zone, bounces it off the goal post and into the receiver’s hands for a touchdown, they’ve got their man.

OK, technically that wouldn’t work (a pass that hits the goal post is incomplete), but they’ve still got the guy who can do it: Alex Tanney revealed on Twitter that he is heading to Cleveland.

Tanney is the quarterback best known for posting a trick-shot video of himself to YouTube, showing his ability to make absurd throws into moving cars, bouncing passes off goal posts from all angles, and making full-court basketball shots with footballs. The trick-shot video got him noticed as an undrafted rookie out of Monmouth College, and he has spent time with the Chiefs and Cowboys.

Now he’ll play for the Browns. And you can already hear the calls from Cleveland fans for Tanney to replace Brandon Weeden.

Permalink 86 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Cleveland Browns, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
86 Responses to “Browns sign trick-shot quarterback Alex Tanney”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 11:47 AM

    Akili Tanney

  2. onereasonableman says: Nov 26, 2013 11:47 AM

    This kid has nothing on Weeden.

    Brandon has a trick where he throws the ball and turns it into 6 points for the other team!

  3. kennyadler1 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:48 AM

    There are so many possibilities for good jokes with the Browns signing this guy….

  4. 63deuceman says: Nov 26, 2013 11:50 AM

    Now sign Kickaliscious and go all-in!

  5. slbasegame257 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:50 AM

    Really? You would rather have this guy over Tim Tebow who won 6 straight games and a playoff game just a couple years ago. Come on.

  6. jerruhjones says: Nov 26, 2013 11:51 AM

    Got nothing to lose at this point! Anything is better than We-done.

  7. jnovi86 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:51 AM

    If they’re going to lose, at least make it entertaining to watch. Good pick up browns

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 26, 2013 11:52 AM

    But can he keep his head in the game without making a silly mistake?

  9. trollhammer20 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:52 AM

    I don’t think this signing will reduce the number of beers it will take to make this weekend’s game versus Jacksonville watchable…

  10. ingraven says: Nov 26, 2013 11:54 AM

    Interesting. Can he bounce it off of a defender’s head and into the arms of a Cleveland receiver?

  11. codenamez says: Nov 26, 2013 11:55 AM

    What? This is really my team?

  12. niko0063 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:56 AM

    At this point, I’d take a homeless guy on W. 6th over Weeden , so Tanney is an upgrade.

  13. bigbenownsthenfl says: Nov 26, 2013 11:57 AM

    Haha. What a mess of an organization! Hey clowns you should have drafted Big ben instead of passing on him in 04… But steeler nation thanks you! Enjoy your 23rd starting QB in last 14 years!

  14. brownspower says: Nov 26, 2013 11:58 AM

    You Tube videos showing what a QB can do with the ball are for entertainment value only. Weeden used to hit clay pigeons with his passes. But put him in a game with a pass rush in his face and he can’t remember how to throw or where to throw.
    What a joke.

  15. drfeelyouup says: Nov 26, 2013 11:58 AM

    oh snap, Superbowl!

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 11:59 AM

    Tim Tebow DESTROYED the pittsburgh steelers.

    316 passing yards – 2 td – 0 int

    50 rushing yards – 1 td

    125.6 QB rating

  17. basballguy says: Nov 26, 2013 11:59 AM

    That’s almost dude perfect.

  18. audient says: Nov 26, 2013 11:59 AM

    Yes, I’d rather have this guy than Tebow.

    But then, I’d rather direct snap to Chris Ogbannaya than Tebow.

  19. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 26, 2013 11:59 AM

    Desperation has reached new heights.

  20. juzthadoginme says: Nov 26, 2013 12:00 PM

    lets get him in a uniform…cant be worse than weedon….perfect warm up team Jaxonville….GO BROWNS ! ! ! !

  21. source7769 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:01 PM

    does he have a trick to make weeden disappear?

  22. bearsfanohio says: Nov 26, 2013 12:02 PM

    slbasegame257

    Stop. Tebow cannot throw the ball. He didn’t win 6 games, the team did, especially the defense. Tebow has heart and is an athlete , he’s just not a qb. Get over it. Even Belichick couldn’t find a use for him.

  23. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 26, 2013 12:02 PM

    I say start the trickster vs the Jags.

  24. brownspower says: Nov 26, 2013 12:04 PM

    So this is what the best of the rest looks like to the Browns front office? Someone needs to have his internet connection disabled on his desktop!

  25. jbaxt says: Nov 26, 2013 12:05 PM

    Tebow is so bad, some Harlem Globe Trotter is preferred over him. And he’s also preferred over the raiders #1 overall pick from 3 years ago.

  26. elway6532 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    That would be so awesome if this guy came in and tore it up. Reminds me of Brees or Kurt Warner.

  27. elway6532 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:09 PM

    Unfortunately he will find out what Bob 3 did, you need to be able to do trick shots with two busted ribs, a punctured lung and a blown out knee- in 15 degree weather.

  28. usher716 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:10 PM

    probably should’ve kept Colt McCoy

  29. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    Upon signing, Tanney instantly became the third best player on the Browns.

  30. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 12:16 PM

    Remember when Cleveland fans hated Tim Couch worse than Brandon Weeden even though Couch played with much worse wide receivers and much worse offensive line.

    Tim Couch had a higher CAREER completion percentage than all these guys had in Cleveland.

    Tim Couch = 59% completions
    Derek Anderson = 52% completions
    Akili Quinn = 52% completions
    Ken Dorsey = 46% completions
    Colt McCoy = 58% completions
    Seneca Wallce – 57% completions

  31. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 12:17 PM

    Jason Campbell = 56% completions

    If you didn’t read the other Browns thread.

  32. beelicker says: Nov 26, 2013 12:18 PM

    This kind of thing can happen if your one trick pony also happens to be a unicorn!

  33. eatitfanboy says: Nov 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    Putting a football threw a basketball net from the other side of the court really isn’t that impressive.

    A basketball court is 94 feet long. That’s a little over 31 yards. A basketball rim is a bigger target than a reciever’s hands and it’s a stationary target.

    So it’s pretty much the equivalent of being able to his a stationary reciever in the hands 30 yards down field with the only added degree of difficulty being that the target is about 4′ higher than a 6′ tall reciever.

  34. eatitfanboy says: Nov 26, 2013 12:22 PM

    @doctorrustbelt:

    Please list all of Tebow’s other impressive stat lines. Here, I’ll do it for you:

  35. dodohead418 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:23 PM

    Youtube is a great promotional tool, but why sign a person based on Youtube alone?

  36. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    Browns are hilarious, the fans are right there with them. Weeden is the best QB they’ve had since Kosar, he makes a couple mistakes and the fans hit the panic button and start screaming for the back up and the best part is that the organization listens to them. They need to try bringing in a WR that can actually catch the ball and THEN start shuffling QBs…… but they wont

  37. richiebburg says: Nov 26, 2013 12:28 PM

    atleast weeden understands he just needs to throw it to josh gordon every play

  38. 1bigtex says: Nov 26, 2013 12:30 PM

    @doctorrustbelt

    Destroyed the Steelers? Really??? Tebow completed less than 50% of his passes against a team with a QB that was almost crippled and a DL that did not have a single starter in the game before the first quarter was over. And even with all of that going for him, St. Timmy still needed overtime and a blown coverage to win at home.

    The following week, Tebow went 9 of 26 for 136 yards with no TDs. Let that sink in Doc. 9 of 26 for 136 and no TDs. That is the Tim Tebow that got shipped out of Denver, that got the boot in New York, and couldn’t make it in New England. There is good reason why teams that are desperate for QB’s want no part of Tim Tebow.

  39. thetooloftools says: Nov 26, 2013 12:32 PM

    What about Tebow? Really? This is just wrong. I would bring back Jeff Garcia before this freak show.

  40. reglidan says: Nov 26, 2013 12:37 PM

    Tanney threw 150 TD passes in college, (Division iii), and has been on NFL practice squads since graduating. He probably is one of the better options out there as far as a 1 week pickup goes. Browns need to do something. They only have 1 active qb on the roster right now with Campbell’s concussion.

  41. rarelyclever says: Nov 26, 2013 12:39 PM

    He played a lot of minutes this preseason for Dallas. He was really, really bad.

  42. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Nov 26, 2013 12:41 PM

    4512dawg4512 says:Nov 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    Browns are hilarious, the fans are right there with them. Weeden is the best QB they’ve had since Kosar, he makes a couple mistakes and the fans hit the panic button and start screaming for the back up and the best part is that the organization listens to them. They need to try bringing in a WR that can actually catch the ball and THEN start shuffling QBs…… but they wont

    ———————————————————-

    This signing is a real head scratcher but I can’t agree with you about Weeden. He’s the second coming of Derek Anderson. If he isn’t throwing a heater at the feet of a receiver two feet away he’s air mailing it 10′ over the guy’s head or zinging it 5′ behind him. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt until the Steelers game when it became obvious the guy just doesn’t have it. He hasn’t made just a couple of mistakes, the guy’s a liability, period.

  43. shatho1 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:42 PM

    I’m a Dallas fan and even I know Tanney is way better than Weeden so good luck Tanney

  44. godofwine330 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    At least he’ll be accurate. I’d tired of a QB that can throw a bomb but can’t hit a guy 5 yards away from him in the flat, or throws it to the guy in the flat at 100MPH. Never should have drafted him. I want a QB who looks like he has played QB before, and not a QB that plays the sport like I play Madden. I stare down my receivers, I pick the receiver who looks most likely to be open befpre the play starts based on the play, and that is what Weeden does. Maybe this guy will be different, but at least he will be accurate.

  45. sactogary says: Nov 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    bearsfanohio says: Nov 26, 2013 12:02 PM

    Stop. Tebow cannot throw the ball. He didn’t win 6 games, the team did, especially the defense….
    ——————————————————-
    Anybody can go on a lucky streak, being in the right place at the right time. But when said lucky streak happens for a guy who was dissed by the “experts”, then a rabid fan base forces him onto the field, you have to wonder. It’s one thing to make a lucky shot – it’s another when you’ve called it in advance. And where was that defense for Kyle Orton? The Broncos were 1-4 when Tebow took over, ya know.

  46. cuda1234 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    Tanney is in the NFL, Tebow is on the cover of SI.

    Apparently the media that made Tebow a household name isn’t ready to give up on him yet.

  47. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    D E S T R O Y E D …..

    ….. IN THE PLAYOFFS.

  48. bigtimebrownie says: Nov 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    My team….Can’t win a game, but we sure are a lot of laughs.

  49. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 26, 2013 1:12 PM

    He immediately becomes the 2nd best QB in the afcn behind Big Ben.

  50. jimiinpa says: Nov 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    eatitfanboy says:Nov 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    Putting a football threw a basketball net from the other side of the court really isn’t that impressive.

    A basketball court is 94 feet long. That’s a little over 31 yards. A basketball rim is a bigger target than a reciever’s hands and it’s a stationary target.

    So it’s pretty much the equivalent of being able to his a stationary reciever in the hands 30 yards down field with the only added degree of difficulty being that the target is about 4′ higher than a 6′ tall reciever.
    ——————CAN YOU DO IT?

  51. Making Life Easier online One24 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:21 PM

    Now you can’t tell me Tim Tebow are Vince young should not be playing in the NFL Right now. It’s crazy that no one has called these people. That’s crazy!! Not only does these people have a need but so many other teams do at that position. They calling garbage out there and no one will call neither?? I am beginning to think that black ball is the word. No exscuse for this.

  52. ravenspit says: Nov 26, 2013 1:24 PM

    Just watched the video, they probably signed him for his ability to throw a pass while on his butt.

  53. cuda1234 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    Can’t believe people are still talking about the 2011 Broncos. Also can’t believe that people still can’t get it through their thick skulls that they started 1-4 with Orton and finished 1-4 with Tebow. What’s the difference?

  54. eatitfanboy says: Nov 26, 2013 1:27 PM

    jimiinpa says:
    Nov 26, 2013 1:13 PM

    eatitfanboy says:Nov 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    Putting a football through a basketball net from the other side of the court really isn’t that impressive.

    ——————CAN YOU DO IT?

    Brilliant comeback.

    Ummm…….no, no I couldn’t. I’m also not a college or NFL QB. I would be willing to bet you that every starting and backup NFL and NCAA QB could, plus probably a couple hundred High School QBs.

    That’s why it’s not that impressive.

  55. cuda1234 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:28 PM

    Make that the literally average 9-9 2011 Denver Broncos who did not have winning record, finished the year on a 3-game losing streak and “won” the division based on a tiebreaker. with two other literally average teams. (Probably Timmy’s first three-way and he came out on top!)

  56. sactogary says: Nov 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    eatitfanboy says: Nov 26, 2013 12:22 PM

    @doctorrustbelt:

    Please list all of Tebow’s other impressive stat lines. Here, I’ll do it for you:
    ———————————-
    Maybe this will help:

    Record in games where the opponent scored fewer than 39 points: 9-2

    Record in games decided by fewer than 8 points: 7-2

    You see, a successful drive in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter of a close game is kinda important.

  57. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 1:33 PM

    Andy Dalton – First Three NFL Seasons:

    68 td – 44 int – 13 fumbles

    10021 yards

    Ben Roethlisberger – Last Three NFL Seasons:

    66 td – 32 int – 22 fumbles

    10460 yards

  58. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 1:35 PM

    Andy Dalton – First Three NFL Seasons:

    68 td – 44 int – 13 fumbles

    10021 yards

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    ben roethlisberger – First Three NFL Seasons:

    52 td – 43 int – 9 fumbles

    8519 yards

  59. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    NFL team doctors investigated and indicted by federal authorities for distribution of growth hormone and steroids:

    pittsburgh steelers – 1

    All Other NFL Teams – 0

  60. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 26, 2013 1:43 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 26, 2013 1:08 PM
    D E S T R O Y E D …..

    ….. IN THE PLAYOFFS.
    _____________________________

    Who? The Bengals? Cause they haven’t won a playoff game since, what, 1990?

  61. 1bigtex says: Nov 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    Okay, Doctor. 10 of 21 and 2 TDs with an overtime victory is “destroying” someone. What is your definition for someone going 26 of 34 for 363 yards and 6 TDs. Additional, instead of squeaking out a 6 point win, how about a 35 point win. I guess you could say Tebow’s Broncos got vaporized!

  62. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 26, 2013 1:35 PM
    Andy Dalton – First Three NFL Seasons:

    68 td – 44 int – 13 fumbles

    10021 yards

    - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -

    ben roethlisberger – First Three NFL Seasons:

    52 td – 43 int – 9 fumbles

    8519 yards
    _______________________________

    You forgot one thing: One SB ring vs no playoff wins. Without AJ Green, Ginger is just another Weeden. He also has 15 ints this season LOL.

  63. sactogary says: Nov 26, 2013 1:48 PM

    cuda1234 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:28 PM

    Make that the literally average 9-9 2011 Denver Broncos who did not have winning record, finished the year on a 3-game losing streak and “won” the division based on a tiebreaker. with two other literally average teams….
    ——————————————————-
    Just keep in mind that the team was 1-4 when Tebow took over, and the team slogan was “Suck for Luck.”

  64. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    Bengals Defense Ranks – Dalton’s First Three Seasons:

    9th, 8th, 6th

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    steelers defense ranks – ben’s first three seasons:

    1st, 3rd, 11th

    The steelers defense has been ranked 3rd or higher in 6 of roethlisberger’s 10 NFL seasons.

  65. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    2013 Andy Dalton:

    15 int – 4 fumbles

    7 wins – 4 losses

    1,422,054 cap hit

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    2013 ben roethlisberger:

    10 int – 7 fumbles

    5 wins – 6 losses

    $13,595,000 cap hit

  66. steelerben says: Nov 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    You guys are right. It makes total sense with five games to go in the season to sign either Vince Young, who has proven time and a again that with six to eight weeks he can pick up about a quarter of the playbook or to have to restructure your entire offense when you sign Tebow.

    If they don’t do either of those things they are obviously being black balled and the NFLPA should look into possible collusion.

  67. sactogary says: Nov 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    cuda1234 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:25 PM

    Can’t believe people are still talking about the 2011 Broncos. Also can’t believe that people still can’t get it through their thick skulls that they started 1-4 with Orton and finished 1-4 with Tebow. What’s the difference?
    ——————————
    Can’t believe you have to ask! The difference is the 7-1 record in the middle.

  68. kosarkid says: Nov 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    Whether you agree with this or not, this signing does make sense. The season is basically over for the Brownies. What would be the point of bringin in someone with no upside such as Vince Young or Timmy Tebow. This kid has more upside than Vince Young, and none of the distraction of Tebow. Fans will want to see this kid on the field for sure though, only because they would rather see the wildcat formation everyplay than see Weeden on the field.

  69. clonefan says: Nov 26, 2013 2:26 PM

    As a Viking fan I’ll give you Freeman and throw in Cassel and Ponder to sweeten the deal. Use em as you see fit… If needed to seal the deal I’ll kick in the caoching the staff, they are familiar with the guys they could step right in… We will pick up the tab…

  70. deeboy says: Nov 26, 2013 2:28 PM

    You think the Browns are kicking themselves for letting Thad Lewis walk this past offseason?

  71. surfinbird1 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:28 PM

    Good deal. Now all you gotta do is have the wide receivers line up in cars and drive down the field with the windows open.

  72. urbusted2 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:50 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Nov 26, 2013 11:59 AM
    Desperation has reached new heights.

    Well genius, that’s what happens when you have two injured QBs.

  73. ballboy48 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    They should honestly, just start this guy. We all know what Weeden can do, and that is throw pick six’s, int’s, sacks, fumbles, etc. If this kid is really as accurate as such, then play him.

  74. ballboy48 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:32 PM

    How long before the Browns O-line makes sure Weeden gets hurt? One or two plays?

  75. ronarch13 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:40 PM

    Weeden has the arms flailing, falling over underhand flip to well someone locally called: “flipperception” This guy has nothing on that

  76. sactogary says: Nov 26, 2013 3:50 PM

    steelerben says: Nov 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    You guys are right. It makes total sense with five games to go in the season … to have to restructure your entire offense when you sign Tebow….
    —————————————————-
    Well, the Broncos started 7-1 after putting him in, and it’s not like the Brown’s current offensive structure is doing so great.

  77. tictoccpthook says: Nov 26, 2013 3:55 PM

    For the Brown’s sake, somebody should put a limit on how many quarterbacks a team can bring in over a decade. The brown’s might then work on building a ‘team’ instead of constantly searching for a savior. Go Steelers.

  78. drsummeroff says: Nov 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    What have these losers got to lose? Throw him in there! How much worse than the other scrubs on the Browns roster can he be?

  79. snipedanglecelly13 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    What’s his nickname? Pass-a-licious? Lmao

  80. mrfrostyj says: Nov 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    Ok for those who haven’t paid attention this is how it will happen. Weeden will get hurt sometime on Sunday with a hang nail or hole in his sock or something, This kid will come in and throw a TD strike in his first 3 throws on the Jags D looking real easy. He’ll then go on to have a career game, be named starter, win 1 more before getting injured and Weeden’s newest Jason/Freddy Krueger like return ends the season.

    Got to say though. I will miss Brandon Weeden jokes next season.

  81. gallogj says: Nov 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    This just in…Browns receivers are being fitted for glue-on garbage can helmets! SUPERBOWL!

  82. mgm54 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:13 PM

    ABSOLUTELY no respect for the fan base!!!!!!!

  83. fordmandalay says: Nov 27, 2013 8:26 AM

    The Browns; “Hey fans, we’ve officially given up on this season! Enjoy attending the rest of the games, and don’t forget to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on tickets, season tickets, and Browns merchandise next year to show your support for the team! (we the owners will be in our villas in the south of France)”

  84. columbusbrowns says: Nov 27, 2013 10:54 AM

    If anything he should be more accurate than Weeden. Sometimes guys from these small schools need a chance like this, since they are looked upon unfavorably because of their school.

  85. rayb47 says: Nov 28, 2013 12:03 AM

    After watching “Trick shot Tanney” on youtube I was excited the Chiefs bought him for a try out. During their preseason games Tanney saw very little playing time and when he did get the chance to play he looked pathetic.
    As bad as the Chiefs QB’s performance was last year from Cassel, to Quinn, to Stanzi, Tanney never saw any action in a regular season game. Under the Chiefs new regime Tanney was one of the first to be cut, apparently they felt there wasn’t a future for him in KC. Dallas gave him an opportunity to show his stuff where once again he looked pathetic when given the chance to prove himself. My conclusion is Tanney is all show and no go. He is what he is, a trick shot artist and nothing more.

  86. oldcracker says: Nov 28, 2013 1:34 PM

    Where’s Troy Smith? A former Heisman QB, he couldn’t be any worse than We-done.

    What’s Joe Montana doing these days???

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!