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Brian Hoyer has impressed everyone around the Cleveland Browns with his blazing start to the 2014 NFL season. However, it might take another month or so for that to translate to dollars in his bank account.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, a source close to the Browns indicates that Hoyer's short length of service with the Cleveland Browns is throwing a wrench into negotiations:
The source classified talks in June as not getting “past first base.” Pro Football Talk reported early Friday that Cleveland offered backup money and Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta, countered with significantly more. That’s where things stalled, it appears. What makes a Hoyer deal difficult? Small sample size. Hoyer is preparing for his eighth career start with Cleveland. In his seven full games as the Browns’ quarterback, Hoyer is 139-of-228 passing (61.0 percent) for 1,622 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Projected to a 16-game season, that equates to 318-of-521 for 3,707 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine touchdowns, a rating of 91.4. This season, he’s on pace for slightly more than 4,000 yards.
If Hoyer maintains or even exceeds that pace through October and into November, don't be surprised if the "backup money" Cleveland offered him in June is a complete thing of the past if/when contract talks resume this season.
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