Brian Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta, refuted the previous report that Johnny Manziel’s presence on the Browns was likely to impact his client’s chances of returning to Cleveland.
“I don’t know who got that report,” Hoyer said, via Jeff Schudel of the News-Herald. “That’s something I have an agent to handle. Right now I’m focused on Jacksonville.”
The overall expectation is that Hoyer will not only seek out the highest salary he can secure as a free agent, but also the opportunity to be a starter who doesn’t have a potential replacement sitting behind him.
Cole doesn’t rule out the idea of the Browns franchising Hoyer next year, although he believes the fact that they have first-round pick QB Johnny Manziel on their roster could complicate negotiations between the two sides.
It’s probably not the best situation to be in if the team has an obvious young quarterback to turn to in the event you struggle for a period of time.
Cole mentions that the Browns may have to consider the idea of parting ways with Manziel if they end up using their franchise tag to keep Hoyer from reaching free agency. Should Cleveland commits to Hoyer as their quarterback, Cole believes they will have to move Manziel at some point.
Hoyer’s asking price continues to climb with every game he wins, so this could end up being a fairly complicated situation for the Browns by the end of the year.
Cole suggests Hoyer could receive a deal that would pay him $10-$12 million annually and possibly as much as $14 million. However, Cole stresses that Hoyer could turn down this deal if Manziel is on the roster.
Hoyer, 29, is in the final year of his current contract and will make $1 million for the 2014 season. On the season, Hoyer has thrown for 1,232 yards while completing 60.7 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and an interception.