I am sending form output to a DB2 database using Ext.Ajax.request

One of the fields in my form is a Description which is defined in my database as CLOB (4092)

I submit the form and it saved without error; however, when I look at the Description column in the table, I find '<br>' (and sometimes an unrecognizable character).

Is there some way to send no more and no less than the text I've entered on my form?

Does getForm().getValues() have a config I can set? Has anyone else experienced this?