Jun 12, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) during minicamp at Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency Gives Brian Hoyer Leverage in Browns’ Talks


Brian Hoyer has one year left on his contract, and the journeyman quarterback may be willing to bet the house on his NFL career.

The Browns want to extend Hoyer’s contract, which makes sense, because if Hoyer does prove to be a playoff quarterback, the Browns will have him on the cheap. If Hoyer goes into free agency as a winner, Tom Brady‘s former backup will have all the leverage.

And it looks like Hoyer is willing to see the season through…

Per NFL.com writer Marc Sessler:

“…It will be a very difficult deal to do,” said Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta. “We’re always open to talking with the Browns, but we’re content to wait and see what happens down the road.”

If Hoyer is a success, the difference could mean as much as $7 million per year, according to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport.

Hoyer, 28, will make $1 million this year.

If the Browns do lock up Hoyer, two comparable contracts might be found in Matt Cassel‘s deal with the Vikings and Chad Henne‘s pact with the Jags.

Cassel signed a two-year, $10 million deal, while Henne has a two-year, $8 million contract in Jacksonville.

Seeing Hoyer sign one of these deals makes the most sense. The Cleveland native doesn’t have a large body of work and it might not be in his best interest to leave $10 million on the table, it it’s offered. If Hoyer falters this season, he’ll at least have the guaranteed money from his extension to fall back on.

Plus, it’s a short-term commitment. Even if he’s somewhat successful, it’s just a matter of time before Johnny Manziel gets his shot.

It’s good the Browns want to secure a veteran of Hoyer’s caliber, but he’s not going to make it easy on the Browns, nor should he.

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