Quarterback Brian Hoyer is on the verge of entering the final season of his contract with the Browns, but with so much unknown surrounding the North Olmsted native, it would be unreasonable to expect the two sides to enter serious talks about extending his deal.
The Browns understandably want to see how Hoyer’s comeback attempt from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament plays out. They want to see how his competition with rookie Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job unfolds. And assuming he plays, they want to see how he performs during the upcoming season because he has made only four starts (he went 3-0 last season before getting hurt) in his five-year NFL career.
So it’s not surprising that no talks of an extension have materialized to this point, which is what CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora wrote in a lengthy profile about Hoyer that was published today.
“I have so much more to worry about than that,” Hoyer told La Canfora in a phone interview that lasted about 40 minutes. “It was a short sample last year, but at least I showed people I'm capable of being a winning quarterback in this league, and no matter what happens this year I think I'll be in a good spot at the end of the season.”
Hoyer signed a two-year, $1.965 million contract with the Browns last spring. He received a $250,000 roster bonus this past March and is scheduled to make a base salary of $1 million next season with an opportunity to earn an extra $1.15 million in incentives.
In another story published today, Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta, told ESPNCleveland.com that both sides are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to working on a new deal.
“It’s too hard of a deal to do,” Linta said. “I think [Browns General Manager] Ray Farmer realizes it’s too hard of a deal to do, too.
“Brian’s value will be much more easily determined in January.”
Linta also told ESPNCleveland.com that Hoyer wants to stay with the Browns, his hometown team. An exception would be made if Hoyer became Manziel’s backup but saw an opportunity to start elsewhere.
“I think if it’s backup to backup, I think he would [want to stay],” Linta said. “If you’re comparing apples to apples, it’s always Cleveland. If it’s backup in Cleveland versus starter somewhere else, I’m sure he’d like to start.”