Hoyer, who is 6-2 in eight starts as Browns starting quarterback, has thrown for 1,224 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception and a QB rating of 102.7, is in the second year of a two-year $1.97 million dollar contract that will pay him a base of one million in 2014-15.
After leading the Browns to a dominating win over the Steelers and a favorable schedule that includes two winless teams in Jacksonville, Oakland and bottom-feeders such as Tampa Bay who have a combined record of 1-16, Hoyer could possibly lead Cleveland to a 6-2 mark before tangling with the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals.
The question is, will the Browns pay up?
According to Tony Rizzo of The Tony Rizzo Show on Sunday following the win, Rizzo stated that Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta—who also reps Super Bowl MVP, Joe Flacco—would re-visit contract talks with the Browns after Week 8.
Rizzo would go on to ask whether or not the Browns should make the call to Linta, who is rumored to be seeking a three-to-four year contract in the range of eight to nine million.
During the segment, Rizzo also stated that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was not initially sold on Hoyer but is reportedly coming around to the notion of Hoyer—not Johnny Manziel—being the Browns quarterback going forward.
Rizzo’s co-host, three-time Super Bowl champion, Jerod Cheery stated that in response to concerns over Hoyer being a Derek Anderson-like one-year wonder stated, “Hoyer is a playmaker and plays a cerebral brand of football,“
Cherry would also go on to say that Anderson was not a leader of men inside the huddle.
While it may seem a bit pre-mature to speculate about Hoyer deserving a new contract with such a sample sample size of eight games as Cleveland’s starting quarterback, this writer feels it would be a wise move for the Browns to sign Hoyer to a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year worth $8.5 million a year ($25.5 million, with incentives and bonuses making it around $36-40 million), if he continues his strong play.
Whether Hoyer’s early success is another Anderson-like fluke or if he is another Kelly Holcomb, such a deal would be a Costco-like bargain by today’s NFL standards, which is why Cleveland needs to lock Hoyer up long-term.
What this hypothetical deal would do is allow Hoyer to get the money he deserves and allow the Browns to do something that they have never done properly—develop a young quarterback for the future in Johnny Manziel—instead of succumbing to fans in throwing in a untested and unproven rookie.
If the Browns are serious, their first call Monday should be to Linta without a moment’s hesitation.
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