"Coach (Mike) Pettine has articulated that he wants a starter, so we have to find him a starter," Farmer said.
Farmer was noncommittal when asked whether he believed
Farmer wouldn't reveal if he has met with
"Just because a player didn't succeed in one place doesn't mean he won't succeed in another," Farmer said, when asked of the free agency pool.
Hoyer wants a chance to compete for a starting job and said if it's not in Cleveland, he would be open to signing with another team.
"For me all options are on the table, and obviously Cleveland has a big place in my heart," he said.
Hoyer competed with Johnny Manziel for the starting job in 2014. Hoyer started the first 13 games of the season and went 7-6, before Manziel briefly took over. Manziel recently entered rehab, which Hoyer praised.
"It takes a big person to take those steps," Hoyer said. "I'm hoping for the best for him."
In CBSSports.com's latest mock drafts, experts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have Mariota going sixth to the Jets. An earlier report from The Star-Ledger indicated the Eagles also could try to trade up for Mariota, who played two years at Oregon under coach Chip Kelly.
Cleveland's quarterback situation is a mess.
Hoyer started the first 13 games of the season and went 7-6. However, he was replaced by Johnny Manziel.
"I think the only thing that would make him not [want to] come back is if they said Manziel or whoever we take in the draft or whoever we sign in free agency is going to be the starter and you will only be the backup," Linta said.
Hoyer is set to become a free agent in the offseason and Linta added he expects to meet with the Browns soon to discuss their options.
"We've left the door open both ways," agent Joe Linta said.
Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the coming weeks, according to the report. The quarterback had contract extension talks with the team fall through last summer, and negotiations were not picked up during the 2014 season. If Hoyer, who went 7-6 as the Browns starter, were to return in 2015, he would likely compete with second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel for the starting role.
|2009||New England Patriots||5||0||27||19||70.4||142||5.26||17||0||0||2/18||0||0||82.6|
|2010||New England Patriots||5||0||15||7||46.7||122||8.13||42||1||1||0/0||1||1||69.3|
|2011||New England Patriots||3||0||1||1||100.0||22||22.00||22||0||0||0/0||1||0||118.8|
|2009||New England Patriots||5||0||10||25||2.5||20||1||1||3|
|2010||New England Patriots||5||0||10||-8||-0.8||1||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||3||0||4||-3||-0.8||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New England Patriots||5||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||5||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2009||New England Patriots||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New England Patriots||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|