Just yesterday we reported that Brian Hoyer had received some invaluable praise from his former teammate Tom Brady, who said he wasn't surprised that Hoyer was having a stellar campaign.
Well Brady isn't the only one who thinks highly of Hoyer. Bleacher Roports Mike Freeman is very impressed with Hoyer thus far and he went as far to say that the Browns would be Hoyer's team for some time:
"One thing sticks out from when I spent almost a week in Cleveland during training camp: how much teammates loved Hoyer. What I heard repeatedly was how professional he was. Over and over. Veteran after veteran.
It’s been some 15 years since the Browns were this close to having a franchise thrower, and as I’ve been saying for months, this is not the same ol‘ Browns. Hoyer is the guy, and he will be for years."
So what does this mean for Johnny Manziel? Well, in all honesty, it means nothing, yet. Things will remain the same for this season (barring injury) and Johnny Football will have to be content with a place on the bench.
However its next season that will be interesting. With Hoyer likely to want to stay with his hometown team and with his hometown team likely to want to keep him, the Browns could find themselves in a strange situation.
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report revealed that Hoyer is not however, interested in signing an extension to his contract with Manziel on the roster and this is where the situation could get complicated:
"[Hoyer's] going to want to go to a place that A, pays him and B, makes if clear that he is the guy and as long as Manziel is there theres always gonna be concern from Hoyer's side, 'is the team gonna go with manziel,' so the team may be stuck in the situation where they can’t get anything done longterm with Hoyer. They may be forced to franchise him for the 2015 season as they try and work this out. And then, if Hoyer really is the guy, they’re going to have to get rid of Manziel some how, some way."
Hoyer may still seek to leave
So basically, one of them must go. With Hoyer's contract up at the end of the season he is going to be looking for 'Franchise QB money' not the 'back up money' they offered him at the end of preseason. With every win, his value rises so Hoyer could see they pay rise he thinks he deserves.
With this you would fancy Hoyer to remain with the Browns. His love for his his hometown team could help the situation but with no offer on the table he may start to question his value with the Browns. When quizzed about it he told Cole that whilst he loves playing for the Browns, he needs to be somewhere where he will be playing week in week out:
“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.”
Whoever they want to stay they Browns need to make a decision. It's unlikley that both will be able to stay. Your move Ray Farmer.