Since the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft came to an end, all of the talk surrounding the Cleveland Browns has centered on former Texas A&M Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel.
And why not? Manziel may not have been the most highly-touted prospect, but he was certainly the most discussed. Plus, he had a fantastic two-year career with the Aggies, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012 and leading the Aggies to a 20-6 record in two years despite transitioning from the Big 12 to the ACC with Manziel at the helm.
Although Manziel is an excellent prospect and could wind up being a fantastic player, he is currently behind veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer. In fact, Browns’ head coach Mike Pettine recently told reporters Hoyer was ahead of Manziel by a “substantial margin.”
“We don’t want guys who are going to be warm and fuzzy,” Pettine said. “They’re fighting for a job. It’s somebody you’re going to be working with. It’s a unique situation where you’re competitive, you want that job. It’s not going to be this warm and fuzzy (thing). That to me is how you want your quarterback to be.”
Despite that confidence in Hoyer, the Browns have no had any talks about a contract extension with him.
“Nothing of substance,” Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta, told ESPN Cleveland when asked about an extension.
“It’s too hard of a deal to do. I think (Browns GM) Ray Farmer realizes it’s too hard of a deal to do, too. The best thing for both sides is let the water seeks its own level.
“I can do a deal much better in September than I can do now. I can do a better deal in January.”
Hoyer completed 57 of 96 passes for 615 yards with five touchdowns and three touchdowns.