Hoyer with the Upper Hand to Be the Browns Starting QB in 2015

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Browns general manager Ray Farmer, who indicated in November that Brian Hoyer’s hometown, feel-good, comeback story won’t factor in, stressed that the decision to stay or go will be Hoyer’s, meaning the Browns will make a pitch to keep him, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“Brian Hoyer did some good things for us this year, and at the end of the day his future is in his hands,” said Farmer. “He has decisions that he needs to make.

“If he wants to be back, that leverage is definitely in his court to make that happen. Assuming that we could agree to that deal, then that opportunity’s available. If we can’t come to that agreement, then he obviously would not be back. There’s a lot of work to be done in that regard.”

Hoyer reiterated what he’s been saying all season: Now that he’s established himself as a starting quarterback, he won’t go quietly to the bench, not here or elsewhere. If the Browns aren’t willing to give him starter’s money — or at least some hefty incentives for starting, he’ll try to find a better gig elsewhere.

“Once you’ve played, you don’t want to sit on the bench,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot going into the decision that I make.”

“From a business perspective, people don’t always see eye to eye,” said Farmer. “Your value for how you see something versus my value of how I see it doesn’t always come together, and that’s how things don’t happen. That’s something probably for Brian’s agent and I to work out. Brian will have, obviously, a lot of input in that. We’ll have the conversations as to how we think Brian can help our roster moving forward in the next upcoming week or so.”

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