“We never got to the numbers part,” the agent, Joe Linta, said on Saturday. “They called and said they were interested in bringing him back.”
Hoyer, who started 13 games for Cleveland in 2014, is scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He has repeatedly said he would like to return to the Browns, but his decision will hinge on whether the team is willing to give him a shot to compete with Johnny Manziel for the starting job.
“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. “I think that would probably drive him away a little bit.
“If Pettine said, ‘Hey, it’s going to be an open competition again between you and Johnny,’ great, let’s go. … [Hoyer] wants to play. The kid wants to have an opportunity to compete and play.”
Given Manziel’s poor play on the field and repeated issues off of it, the Browns are far from committed to the 2014 first-rounder. A report published by ESPN on Friday revealed that Manziel’s rookie season was marked by immaturity and unpreparedness and team owner Jimmy Haslam said earlier this week that he’s unsure whether next season’s starter is currently on the roster.