Brian Hoyer Approached By Browns About a Contract Extension
The Cleveland Browns started last season with Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel battling it out for the starting quarterback position. That might be the case once again next year as the team has reportedly reached out to Hoyer’s agent about a possible contract extension, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:
"The Cleveland Browns have expressed interest in re-signing Brian Hoyer, agent Joe Linta told ESPN.com.“We’ve left the door open both ways,” said Linta from this week’s Senior Bowl about his correspondence with the team."
My initial thoughts when I saw the tweet for this article:
What a roller coaster ride the Hoyer Express has been on. Hoyer “won” a competition in Training Camp between two QBs who didn’t seem like either deserved to start in the NFL. He then went on to lead the Browns to a respectable 7 – 4 record before giving way to Johnny Manziel to end the season.
In the midst of last season was some concern that Hoyer was playing so good that he would get a big contract, not as big as Deion Sanders said after Thursday Night Football, and that the Browns were unlikely to be able to hold on to him. By the end of the season the thought of Hoyer returning, with either the team or the player being open to it, was then laughable.
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Yet here we are. Hoyer’s season seemed to fall off a cliff, and he wasn’t remarkable even during the 7 – 4 run, Kyle Shanahan is gone and John DeFilippio is the new offensive coordinator. Johnny Manziel showed that he wasn’t ready for the NFL last season and the Browns have no clue who is their QB of the Future, as elusive as Big Foot it seems.
That brings Hoyer back into the picture. The Browns are likely to look for a veteran QB this off-season to compete with, or plain start over, Manziel while also looking at possibly drafting another QB as well. Why not Hoyer as that veteran? Often fans are more interested in the evil they don’t know (free agents from other teams) than the evil they do (Browns own free agents).
Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett join Hoyer on top of the QB Free Agent List. Each have their positives but none can convince NFL decision makers they are head and shoulders above the others with their work so far in the league.
If the Browns are going to sign a veteran QB, why not Brian Hoyer?
What do you think about the Browns reaching out to Brian Hoyer?