August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (8) workout prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

News and Analysis: Cleveland Browns Sign Brian Hoyer to 2 Year Contract


Aug 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (8) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

News

Reports tonight are that the Cleveland Browns signed Brian Hoyer, Cleveland native, to a 2 year contract. Rumors during the off-season were that the Browns may pursue Hoyer for the same reason rumors of Ryan Mallett, GM Mike Lombardi’s relationship and reverence for Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. The reports state that there is some guaranteed money in the 2 year contract as well. Following the off-season signing of Jason Campbell the Browns now have 3 QBs that believe they will be competing for the starting job.

Analysis

How does this decision fit with the rest of the off-season

This fits with most decisions made this off-season. The Browns have continually looked to create competition and have not shown any confidence in Brandon Weeden as the given starter. Whether it was Joe Banner or HC Chudinski stating that Weeden would be apart of a competition or Lombardi’s comments following the Browns drafting Weeden last year, this new regime has not shown any loyalty to the incumbent. This also fits with what seems to be a “smarter then you” attitude that has been seen and reported related to the front office.

What could the Browns have done

The Browns could of gone into the season with Weeden and Campbell in a competition. If the Browns wanted Hoyer all along they could of waited for him to be released instead of signing Campbell or could of made a trade with Arizona to make sure they got him.

How did this decision limit the Browns

The biggest limitation that this may place on the Browns is number of reps each of these QBs are going to get an oppurtunity to get. This will also lead to more questions for both the executives as well as the players related to the competition, which seemed to have died down with the expectation that Weeden had a leg up on Campbell. Uncertainity at the QB position is familiar to the fan base and leads to further concerns after such an uncertain off-season from ownership on down.

Why this decision

Low risk move for a ex-Patriot, with the possibility of a high reward, seems like an easy decision. Backing up Tom Brady, working on Belichick and his negative experiences last year and this off-season should give Hoyer both the experience and the chip on his shoulder to possibly make an impact.

How does this decision impact 2013 season

Besides creating more competition as camp opens, Hoyer has a chance to either have no impact or a great impact on the team. Either Hoyer wins the starting job at some point in time or sits behind as a 2nd or 3rd stringer all year long. This cannot benefit Weeden’s confidence.

How does this decision impact beyond 2013 season

This is another strong sign that Weeden is not the future QB for the Browns. Whether its Hoyer or drafting a QB early in the 2014 draft the Browns will be seeking another QB for the team unless Weeden lights up the scoreboard and leads the team to a surprising record, probably 8-8 as a minimum.

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