Joe Linta, QB Brian Hoyer’s agent, believes that in 2015 the player will be back with the Browns, something that many fans and price per head bookmakers would like to see happen.
He was very clear when he said that he wanted to start in any team that he plays for.
“He loved Cleveland and he loved the fans, his teammates,” said Hoyer’s agent. “He would have no problems coming back as long as it’s a fair competition.”
The player had 13 starts with the team as well as one appearance as a relief player, and the QB was able to complete 242 out of 438 passes made for 3,326 yards, 13 picks and 12 TD’s, He led Cleveland to a start of 7-4 without much help at all from the receivers.
WR Josh Gordon’s return to the team was something that interrupted the offense’s rhythm. From Hoyer’s picks, five of them were made with Gordon in his initial seven quarters. He received a suspension for the year’s last game after he showed up late to the team’s meetings, and didn’t attend a walk-through.
Hoyer was benched by Cleveland against the Bills in Week 13, and then pay per head bookmakers saw that he returned against Indianapolis in a game where they were beaten 25-24. In Week 15, Johnny Manziel took his place as the team’s starting QB.
Ray Farmer, Browns GM, said that the player’s future in the game is “in his hands” in March, the month when free agency kicks off. Farmer said that in the first nine games played by Hoyer, he was a professional, as well as being “absolutely” solid. In that time, Cleveland were able to go 6-3.
“If he wants to be back, that leverage is definitely in his court to make that happen,” said Farmer. “I would say from a business perspective, people don’t always see eye-to-eye. Your value for how you see something vs. how I see it doesn’t always come together. That’s how things don’t happen. That’s something for Brian’s agent and I to work out.”
Coach Mike Pettine and Farmer both said that in 2015, they would like to give Manziel the opportunity of competing in training camp.
“He’ll be given every opportunity to contribute and compete, and he’ll also have to compete against guys that could be draft choices,” said Farmer. “They could be free-agent selections. They could be any number of stones that we overturn to try to find the right guy to bring in here to improve our roster.”