Report: Browns working on Brian Hoyer extension

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

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Although the only thing anyone talks about in Ohio these days is Johnny Manziel, remember he's not the actual starting quarterback. Yet. Currently Brian Hoyer owns the job, until Manziel wrests it away.

Hoyer's headed into the final year of his contract which may be why the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, are working on a new deal with the quarterback.

Or at least trying to: NFL.com spoke with Hoyer's agent Joe Linta, who said an extension could be "difficult."

"It will be a very difficult deal to do," Linta said. "We're always open to talking with the Browns, but we're content to wait and see what happens down the road."

Linta did confirm discussions were happening, but obviously prefers Hoyer take the "Joe Flacco road" and gamble on himself.

The Browns and Brian Hoyer are reportedly talking about an extension.
Brian Hoyer, from Michigan State, is entering his sixth NFL season. (USATSI)

It's probably the smart move in this instance. Hoyer is slated to make $1.25 million in 2014 and isn't going to command some massive deal at this stage of his career.

The long-time backup played well in the starter's role with Cleveland last year until he tore his ACL against the Bills.

If he could generate consistent production over the course of a full season, he'd be in line for a much more meaty deal on the open market.

On the other hand there's good reason for Hoyer to ink a deal now. He could struggle under center, he could lose his job to Manziel simply because Manziel's a first-round pick, and he could suffer a season-ending injury which could jeopardize his shot at future starter's snaps.

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