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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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Free agent Brian Hoyer is not expected to re-sign with the Browns.
On Friday, the Browns signed Josh McCown to a three-year deal that includes $6.25M gully guaranteed. He's the "bridge" quarterback to Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw and whomever the Browns draft. Hoyer, who turns 30 in October and completed a brutal 55.3 percent of his passes last season, will be looking for backup work come March 10. Mar 2 - 11:50 AM

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Free agent QB Brian Hoyer wants to meet with Browns GM Ray Farmer before continuing contract negotiations.

Hoyer wants to know the results of the NFL's investigation into Farmer's game-day texting scandal. Hoyer is likely the subject of some of the texts, and he would like that information before making a decision. The Browns would like to trade for Rams QB Sam Bradford, but that is not going to happen. Hoyer may end up being Cleveland's best option.
Feb 21 - 11:36 AM

Coach Mike Pettine says the Browns haven't closed the door yet on free agent Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer's relationship with the Browns has deteriorated since "TextGate," but Pettine is keeping his options open. He has to, as the Browns aren't high enough in the draft to land Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, and there is little quarterback talent in free agency. Sam Bradford and Jay Cutler will also be worth monitoring if either player becomes available in a trade.
Feb 19 - 10:39 AM

The Browns have yet to meet with free agent Brian Hoyer, and have begun "sniffing around" free agent Josh McCown.

Per ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, the Browns and Hoyer have begun "drifting apart." McCown would be a downgrade from Hoyer, and going to Cleveland almost certainly wouldn't be McCown's first choice. Even for as limited a talent as Hoyer is, he would still be the Browns' best quarterback option for 2015.
Feb 18 - 1:13 PM

Free agent Brian Hoyer "doesn't know if he'll hit open market" and is open to returning to the Browns.

Hoyer said he would consider re-signing if given a chance to start. He also recently met with OC John DeFilippo and "came away impressed." With Johnny Manziel in rehab, Hoyer's chances of returning have increased. ESPN Cleveland puts his odds of re-signing at 51 percent.
Feb 7 - 2:49 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi puts the Browns' odds of re-signing free agent Brian Hoyer at 51 percent.

With Johnny Manziel in rehab, Hoyer's odds of returning to his hometown team have certainly increased. Hoyer has sounded like a man intent on cashing in, but there's a strong chance the Browns will end up his best payday opportunity. Of course, if Hoyer catches wind that he'd have to have a legitimate competition with Johnny Football, he may endeavor to move on no matter what.
Feb 3 - 4:48 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes there is an "improved probability" free-agent QB Brian Hoyer returns to Cleveland.

Hoyer may want to test the market before returning to the hot mess that is the Browns, but in the end Cleveland will likely be Hoyer's best opportunity. It is unlikely Hoyer gets anything better than backup offers on the open market, and in Cleveland he would at least have the possibility of winning a starting job.
Jan 24 - 12:01 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team has reached out to free agent Brian Hoyer about a contract extension.

Fowler believes talks could heat up closer to February's Combine, where everyone in the NFL meets. The Browns are expected to offer "backup quarterback money," which is what Hoyer's on-field play warrants. Hoyer and risk-taking agent Joe Linta may first want to see what the open market has in store.
Jan 22 - 5:32 PM

Browns declared QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder) inactive for Week 17 against the Ravens.

A free agent following the season, Hoyer has likely played his final game in Cleveland. Rookie Connor Shaw will start at quarterback with Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve. Without Josh Gordon as well, the Browns offense will struggle to move the ball. The Ravens DST is an excellent option Week 17. Cleveland also declared CB Justin Gilbert, LS Charley Hughlett, OL Ryan Seymour, DT Ahtyba Rubin, OL Andrew McDonald and WR Phil Bates inactive for Week 17.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Brian Hoyer (bicep/shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Connor Shaw will start against the Ravens. Hoyer, 29, finishes the 2014 season with a 12:13 TD-to-INT ratio and 55.3 completion rate. As most backup-caliber quarterbacks do, Hoyer got worse the more he played, and was ultimately benched for Johnny Manziel. Hoyer did play well enough in spurts to earn a backup job for 2015. He will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 01:50:00 PM

Brian Hoyer (biceps, shoulder) is sitting out Tuesday's practice, and highly uncertain for Sunday's finale.

"I don't know if (Hoyer) can get to 100 percent," were the words of coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday. "We don't know where we are at the quarterback position." Johnny Manziel (hamstring) has already been ruled out, leaving all of Tuesday's first-team reps to Connor Shaw. The undrafted rookie out of South Carolina will almost certainly start Sunday's game.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 01:48:00 PM

Brian Hoyer suffered a biceps injury in addition to his shoulder issue.

Hoyer is day to day and hasn't been ruled out for Week 17, but should be considered highly questionable. The Browns signed Tyler Thigpen on Tuesday and are expected to give starter's reps to UDFA Connor Shaw this week
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 11:13:00 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Brian Hoyer suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, and is day to day.

The team has yet to confirm, but it would up the chances Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is back under center for Week 17. That, of course, would depend on Johnny Football's health. The Browns don't have a third quarterback, so it's uncertain what they'd do if neither Hoyer nor Manziel could go. The most likely option would be promoting Connor Shaw from the practice squad.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 02:30:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 7-of-13 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

He added two scrambles for 19 yards. Hoyer entered Sunday's game in the second quarter after Johnny Manziel suffered a hamstring injury. He took three sacks among 16 dropbacks, but did lead two scoring drives, one ending in a field goal and the other a Jordan Cameron 81-yard touchdown. Manziel seems unlikely to play in the Browns' regular season finale, which would give Hoyer the start against Baltimore.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:40:00 PM

The Browns confirm Brian Hoyer has been benched for Johnny Manziel.

In a statement released by the team, Hoyer said he was "disappointed" by coach Mike Pettine's decision, but that he'll "be there to support Johnny." Hoyer has been perhaps the league's worst quarterback over the past six weeks, completing just 53.4 percent of his throws while posting a 3:10 TD:INT ratio. The move should have been made a week ago.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:33:00 PM