Brady Quinn and Austin Davis have agreed to deals with the St. Louis Rams, the team announced.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was first to break the news.
Rams have signed Austin Davis to active roster. Brady Quinn has agreed to terms.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 22, 2013
Starting quarterback Sam Bradford was hurt during the Rams' Week 7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the veteran quarterback tore his ACL and will be out for the year.
Rams QB Sam Bradford tore his ACL. He's out for year...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013
That left the Rams scrambling, since Kellen Clemens was the only other quarterback on the roster. Now, Davis and Quinn will help provide some depth at the position should Clemens struggle or get injured, or if the team simply wants to give one of them a look.
In order to open up the roster places for Davis and Quinn, Bradford was placed on injured reserve and Brandon Washington was released:
#Rams QB Sam Bradford has been placed on "reserve-injured" and OL Brandon Washington has been released.— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 23, 2013
At the very least, Quinn has experience as a starting quarterback in the league, even if he wasn't all that successful. In his six-year NFL career, he has a career record of 4-16, with 3,043 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
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The former Notre Dame star was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He spent three years with the organization before jumping around from the Denver Broncos to the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and finally the New York Jets.
He was just released from the Jets on Monday, thus opening up the chance for him to be snapped up by the Rams.
With an overall record of 3-4 and in a super-competitive NFC West, the Rams might already be out of the playoff race. But the signings of Quinn and Davis can help the franchise get along until next year, when Bradford is expected to be back to full health.