Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Cleveland Browns will likely sign a veteran QB


The Cleveland Browns have just two quarterbacks on their roster, Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney.

Hoyer, the projected starter, is rehabbing from a torn ACL.

Although they will probably pick a quarterback at some point in next month’s draft, the Browns will likely have to bring in a veteran quarterback and may do so soon, although head coach Mike Pettine says no decision has been made.

“I don’t think we’re at the point yet where that decision has to be made,” Pettine said Wednesday during a conference call via Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal. “I think it’ll be made sooner than later. I think it’ll be done around the time of the first camp.”

Although the Browns are confident Hoyer will be healthy once the season starts, they may need a veteran just to get them through the offseason and training camp.

“I do know that [Hoyer] will be available at least on a limited basis [for the first minicamp], but to the exact extent of what he can do drill work-wise and whether we can extrapolate that out and have him do some 11-on-11 stuff, that question hasn’t been answered yet,” Pettine said. … “He is ahead of schedule. We feel good about where he is. But certainly when you look at where he is and Alex Tanney being the only other quarterback, that is a position that we need to address.”

Hoyer completed 57 of 96 passes for 615 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in 2013.

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