Rumours have began surfacing that Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will not sign a long term contract extension with the franchise if Johnny Manziel remains with the team, according to Bleacher Report.
Hoyer or Manziel must go
The story began with the discussion of an long term extension for the current starting quarterback of the Browns, the franchise attempted to sort a deal with Hoyer towards the end of pre-season but were only willing to pay backup-money.
With every win for the franchise, Hoyer's value rises and the player himself believes that he is worth a 'franchise quarterback-deal', his current contract will run out at the end of the season.
With no new deal in sight, the topic of conversation has shifted to whether Hoyer will be staying with the Browns, and despite the fact that the signal caller has reiterated his love for his hometown Cleveland, the chance of starting in the league would outweigh that.
Recently collecting the admiration of Tom Brady, Hoyer has shown an ability to lead a dormant franchise and the Browns behind the arm of their quarterback have become one of the most surprising teams in the league.
After the team defeated their AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10, they have raced to a 3-2 record and the quarterback controversy between Hoyer and Manziel that played out during pre-season had been put on the back burner.
Re-igniting the controversy
However the recent discussion of an extension deal for Hoyer has once again spotlighted the possible rift between the quarterbacks, Hoyer has often tried to 'sugarcoat' their relationship but the feeling is that whilst Manziel is considered by to be the man for the future in Cleveland, he will not be sticking around.
Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report questioned Hoyer about his future and after firstly evading the intended question, the quarterback responded.
He said: “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,”
As a hypothetical, what would the Browns do if Hoyer was able to lead their success-starved team to the playoffs?
Hoyer is holding out for a big pay day and is also represented by the same agent as Joe Flacco, the Ravens quarterback was advised to hold out and that same season he lead his team to a Super Bowl victory, eventually being rewarded with a contract worth £120.6 million.
Hoyer may already be considered as the future of the franchise by the Browns coaching staff but this would then lead Manziel's future career with the team shrouded in mystery.
If his fellow quarterback is not comfortable with Manziel and the following media circus in Cleveland, then the Browns would have to find a trade for the 21-year-old.
Either way, the Browns must now make a choice of who they shall keep, as it seems there is just not enough room for the two quarterbacks in Cleveland.