BEREA—The Browns haven’t officially announced that they signed quarterback Austin Davis to a contract extension, but Davis confirmed the report after practice.
“I don’t think anything changes for me in my role this season,” Davis said after practice. “Just be prepared and for the time being my role is what it is. Obviously, I’m excited with the opportunity (the contract) could bring, but it’s not right now.”
ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Davis and the Browns agreed to a two-year $4.173 million extension that would take him through 2017.
Mike Pettine also talked about what the team sees in Davis.
“Not going to speak specifically on contract issues,” Pettine said. “Austin, as I’ve been very clear with here, was a guy that we liked. 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 skill set, 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 (6-2, 221) is in his fourth year from Southern Mississippi. He was signed on Sept. 7 after being released by the Rams. Davis was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He was released and signed with the Dolphins’ practice squad in 2013 before signing with the Rams active roster on Oct. 23, 2013. Davis didn’t play in a regular season game in 2013, but started eight of the 10 games he appeared in 2014 for the Rams. He was 180-of-284 (63.4 pct.) for 2,001 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions and a 85.1 rating.
There was some speculation on why the Browns would sign Davis why GM Ray Farmer is serving a four-game suspension, but is scheduled to return next week.
“We have a GM in (Executive Chief of Staff) Bill Kuharich, who is in his place, who can make those decisions. We have guys – (executive vice president general counsel) Sashi Brown and (director, football administration) Chris Cooper – that can work the contracts. We don’t just lock the office door to the GM and don’t do anything GM related.”
Davis said it was just a matter of signing the contract and getting that uncertainty behind him.
“You take what you can get a lot of times,” Davis said. “Contracts come with opportunity and that’s eventually what I’m looking for is the opportunity to play.”
Davis said he appreciates the Browns wanted to get the extension done, despite him not playing a down as of yet for the team.
“It shows they do trust me with some level and with that comes responsibility to prepare and do your best.”
Sidelined: LB Craig Robertson, DB Tashaun Gipson and DB K’Waun Williams missed the beginning of preparations for the the Chargers.
“The only guys not practicing are Craig Robertson, Gip, K’Waun. Turbin and Solomon remain out. Everybody else should be at least on a limited basis.”
McCown Practices: QB Josh McCown was listed on the pre-practice injury report with an injury to his right hand, but practiced. McCown said he had no problems with the hand.
“It felt good,” McCown said after practice. “I had a good day of work.”
Pettine said he’s not concerned.
“I talked to him yesterday about it. I don’t think so. I think, for the most part, it will be resolved by the end of the week. I don’t know if it will limit him in practice at all, but I don’t think it is anything major.”
Concern for K’Waun: Pettine admitted that there is some concern for DB K’Waun Williams, who suffered his third concussion in the last year against the Titans and remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
“Anytime there are multiple, there is a concern. It is just unfortunate because Tennessee might have been the best game he has had as a Brown.”
Top WR’s: Mike Pettine praised the Chargers top three wide receivers in Keenan Allen, Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd.
“(Phil Rivers) is surrounded probably by the best trio of receivers that we’ve faced in Keenan Allen, Malcolm Floyd and Stevie Johnson.”
Allen has 29 receptions for 315 yards and two touchdowns, Johnson has 14 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Floyd has seven receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.