Agent Joe Linta told NFL Network that "it will be a very difficult deal to do" because Hoyer is content to "wait and see what happens down the road."
Hoyer is entering a contract year as well as a well-publicized camp battle with Johnny Manziel.
"In my mind, Hoyer's the guy," Kruger said during a radio interview on KFAN-AM in Utah. "Hoyer came in, won us four games, unfortunately got hurt. The guy was on fire when he was healthy and he's proven himself at a different level and has worked extremely hard."
Hoyer actually started three games before an ACL injury ended his 2013 season. As it stands coming into training camp, coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer is "securely ahead" of Manziel. But Pettine also added Hoyer's lead wasn't "insurmountable."
"You let the preseason go, see how they look and then make a decision," Kruger said. "In my mind, Hoyer has been a good leader for us and somebody who has been able to win us a few games. It's tough to say but I think the preseason will be a big deal for both of them."
However, Pettine said Hoyer's lead was in no way "insurmountable." Which means that nobody will be surprised if Manziel, the 22nd-overall pick in May's draft, ends up under center at some point early in the year.
"It's been hard to evaluate because Brian hasn't been able to take the 11-on-11 reps, but when we put the depth chart together, Brian will be No. 1," Pettine said of Hoyer, who is coming back from last year's torn ACL.
Tate went as far as to say the Browns are Hoyer's team.
"The guy has been there," Tate said. "The guys know him, are comfortable with him."
|P1||8/9/14||@ DET||7:30 pm|
|P2||8/18/14||@ WAS||8:00 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/5/14||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|10||11/6/14||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|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|
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