NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Browns have staged preliminary talks with Brian Hoyer's camp about a contract extension.
Rapoport spoke with Hoyer's agent, Joe Linta, who confirmed that while discussions have taken place, "it will be a very difficult deal to do. We're always open to talking with the Browns, but we're content to wait and see what happens down the road."
The reality is that Hoyer's value might shift dramatically between now and season's end. He could materialize as a successful starter or remain a solid backup. The difference could mean as much a $7 million per year, one executive from another team told Rapoport.
Hoyer impressed in three games last year, winning two, before getting hurt for the season. Early reports say he's outplayed first round pick Johnny Manziel, so it seems like it's in Hoyer's best interest to let things play out in camp. This time last year, the Browns were high on Hoyer, too, but the job went to Brandon Weeden before Weeden got hurt. Without Josh Gordon, it could be hard for either QB to be a legit fantasy starter, however.