Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports explores some potential trade scenarios involving backup quarterbacks in his most recent article.
The most interesting of which involves the Houston Texans and current Browns QB Brian Hoyer.
La Canfora expects the Texans to part ways with either T.J. Yates or Case Keenum at some point this offseason, which makes sense given that they signed Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency and later drafted Tom Savage.
Assuming Johnny Manziel beats Hoyer out for the Browns starting job, La Canfora mentions he could be on the Texans’ radar.
“[Bill] O’Brien and Hoyer have a very strong relationship from their time together in New England, and there is a real mutual admiration and affinity there,” La Canfora writes. “If O’Brien is able to get quality play out of a bargain like Hoyer, that makes ownership very happy, considering at some point JJ Watt is going to be paid like a quarterback by the Texans, because that’s the type of money the defensive lineman is going to command.”
Hoyer got off to an impressive start last year, but he unfortunately suffered a season-ending knee injury, so there is not only a limited sample size of him performing at a high level, but also concerns regarding his knee.
Many expected the Texans trade for Patriots current backup Ryan Mallett in the days leading up to the draft, but rumors started to subside as the draft finally got underway.
Not everyone is sold on Savage being a long-term solution, so I can see why La Canfora would connect some dots regarding Hoyer and O’Brien. However, it’s hard to say that Houston would be willing to part with the type of compensation that Cleveland could be looking for in return for Hoyer.
Hoyer, 28, is entering the final year of his current contract and will make $1 million for the 2014 season. Last year, he totaled 615 yards passing while completing 59.4 percent of his passes and throwing five touchdowns over the course of three games.