However, Florio doesn’t expect Hoyer to come cheap given how well he’s played in the first five weeks of the season. If Hoyer can continue to play at this level, it would only increase his asking price as free agency draws closer.
Florio, citing a league source, reports that the Browns have offered Hoyer “backup money,” but his agent, Joe Linta, countered their offer and is reportedly targeting “something considerably higher.”
Linta said during the summer that his client may hold off on discussing an extension until his value becomes clearer later in the season. Although, there is no guarantee that the Browns would be willing to negotiate at that point in the season.
To make matters more complicated, the Browns used a first-round pick on Johnny Manziel.
For what it’s worth, Hoyer told Florio last month that he would be willing to play somewhere other than his hometown of Cleveland if he had the opportunity to start.
Hoyer, 28, 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 1,015 yards while completing 62.4 precent of his passes for six touchdowns and an interception.