Hoyer's agent says Manziel not factor in future
Oct. 14, 2014
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The agent for quarterback Brian Hoyer says rookie Johnny Manziel being on Cleveland's roster will have no impact on contract negotiations with the Browns.
Hoyer, who led the Browns to a 31-10 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, is 6-2 as Cleveland's starter and in the final year of a two-year contract. Hoyer beat out Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, to be the starter in training camp and his performance this season has the Browns (3-2) in an interesting predicament.
The team selected Manziel in the first round of this year's draft with the idea he would be its quarterback of the future. However, Hoyer's development could change the Browns' plans.
Agent Joe Linta said Hoyer is remaining patient and focused solely on winning.
"Although we have had no discussions with the Browns since the spring, Johnny Manziel's presence will have no impact on any discussions that we might have in the future with the team," Linta said in an email. "Brian's not worried about his contract and the situation will take shape as the season progresses."
Earlier, Hoyer said he's focused on this week's game against Jacksonville and made it clear his preference would be to stay with the Browns.
"I don't think I need to say any more than I'm from Cleveland and this is where I want to be," he said. "But I also am a competitor, so I want to be somewhere where I'm playing."
Browns coach Mike Pettine deferred any talk about Hoyer's future to general manager Ray Farmer.
"I don't want to get too wrapped up into it," Pettine said. "There is the business side of it. We recognize it."
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