Can't get enough Browns news and rumors? Be sure to download our 5-star iPhone app today!
Brian Hoyer's impressive start to the 2014 NFL season has changed the conversation around the quarterback position for the Cleveland Browns.
Rather than fielding questions about when first-round pick Johnny Manziel will take over, ESPN Cleveland Browns writer Pat McManamon was asked whether or not he saw a scenario where Hoyer would be re-signed in the offseason:
I see many scenarios where Hoyer is re-signed. If he continues to play like he has and the Browns win their share of games, I'd submit that it would be absolute lunacy not to re-sign him. Or at least try. Letting a successful quarterback go would continue the constant cycle of starts and re-starts that have plagued the Browns for years. If he plays well, the Browns owe it to him and to the team and the fans to re-sign him.
What would such a contract extension look like? McManamon crunched the numbers:
This question assumes Hoyer continues to play well. If so, I think he would love to stay in Cleveland and the Browns would try to keep him. There are so many ways to look at contracts; Tom Brady's average per year of $9 million pales to Drew Brees' $20 million per year. But Brady is guaranteed $57 million in his deal, Brees $55 million. Go through some players. Matt Cassell has had one or two good seasons, much like Hoyer would have at the end of 2014. Cassell is guaranteed $5.65 million and makes $5.25 million per year on a two-year deal. Andy Dalton is guaranteed $17 million and earns $16 million per year. Johnny Manziel is guaranteed $7.7 million and earns $2.06 million per year. Carson Palmer is guaranteed $10 million and earns $8 million per season. Finally, Alex Smith is guaranteed $45 million and earns $17 million per year. Where Hoyer fits in that group is what he and the team would have to determine.
Hoyer is currently in the final season of a two-year, $1.965 million contract. Any which way you slice it, he is likely to receive a pay raise of some sort next season.
Back to the Cleveland Browns Newsfeed