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Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer was asked on Monday about a recent report indicating that he would not remain with the team next season if Johnny Manziel remains on the roster.
"I don't know who got that report," Hoyer initially responded, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. That's something that I have an agent to handle, and right now I'm focused on Jacksonville.''
When pressed, Hoyer added, "I don't think I need to say any more than I'm from Cleveland and this is where I want to be. But I also am a competitor, so I want to be somewhere where I'm playing.''
The report in question was filed by Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, who indicated that everyone he had talked to around the situation confirmed that Hoyer would leave via free agency if Manziel is around.
Cole added that even if the Browns offer Hoyer a contract in the $10-12 million range, "he's not going to accept that deal if he still thinks there's a challenge coming from Johnny Manziel.''
When pressed for a third time on the matter, Hoyer ended the line of inquiry with a brief counter.
"I'm not going to answer that question,'' he said
When asked if he wants to iron out a contract during the season, Hoyer said, "I'd rather focus on playing. That's my main emphasis right now."
"Like I said, I'm focused on Jacksonville.''Back to the Cleveland Browns Newsfeed