The Cleveland Browns still have an open quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Adam Schefter just reported that the Browns are now trying to sign Hoyer to a contract extension:
Browns are trying to sign QB Brian Hoyer to a contract extension, per sources. Hoyer is headed into last year of his deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 30, 2014
Hoyer is in the last year of his contract and the Browns have a good amount of salary cap space both this year and next. There are plenty of implications to this news that will be unraveled if the Browns and Hoyer can come to an agreement:
- What does it say about Manziel’s progression?
- Do the Browns see Hoyer as a starter for multiple years?
- Does Hoyer think he could start somewhere else in the league?
- How much did his ACL injury last year scare him to sign a new deal?
For the Browns the deal makes sense if either they believe Manziel needs a couple years to develop, as many do, or if they can get Hoyer at a reasonable contract that allows him to be Manziel’s backup for the next few years. The Browns willingness to open up contract negotiations shows that the new regime likes what they have seen from Hoyer.
For Hoyer a contract extension really only makes sense if the money is so good that he can’t pass it up. Hoyer has always presented himself confident and to pass up free agency, before a year where he could start and show off his talents for the league, makes no sense. Hoyer is smart enough to see how good Manziel has or has not been playing to know whether he will get a chance for the starting job for at least 2 years or more.
For Browns fans this should be exciting. The team is trying to keep continuity at the most important position on the field. Having both Hoyer and Manziel signed for a few years, and Connor Shaw as the 3rd stringer, could give the Browns a similar situation to the Chargers with Drew Brees and Philip Rivers.
What do you think of this news?