When the Cleveland Browns traded up for the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft to select Johnny Manziel, many Texans fans either breathed a huge sigh of relief or were upset the Texans hadn’t made a move to draft Manziel themselves.
Manziel will head to Cleveland without any wide receivers, following the expected one-year suspension of Josh Gordon. Manziel is expected to compete with Brian Hoyer for the Browns starting job week one.
Now let’s be honest for a second. Does Hoyer have any shot against Manziel? Manziel fits very well in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and he’s already the face of the franchise. Hoyer on the other hand is coming off a torn ACL just seven months ago, though is expected to take part in most, if not all of the team’s offseason workouts.
Even if Hoyer were healthy, would the Browns really start him week one? Thousands of fans weren’t calling the Browns’ season ticket offices to see Brian Hoyer start week one. Manziel is the city’s only hope and he’ll be starting week one, even with all the “competition” talk the Browns front office is spewing.
Remember the Ryan Mallett rumors? Just like Mallett, Hoyer is another former New England Patriots backup quarterback. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was Hoyer’s quarterbacks coach during Hoyer’s three seasons as Tom Brady‘s backup. Rest assured O’Brien knows everything there is to know about the quarterback, and if he’s interested, the Texans would be wise to make a move.
A deal between the Browns and Texans should benefit both parties. Hoyer, 28, is due just $1 million in salary this season, his last year of his current contract. Like Mallett, Hoyer would also likely be extended if he were traded to the Texans.Hoyer looked pretty good in three starts with the Browns last season, before going down with a season-ending injury. He finished with 615 passing yards and a 5/3 – TD/INT ratio in 2.5 games. Some believe Hoyer would easily be a top 20 quarterback if give the opportunity.
If the Texans can’t pull off a trade for Ryan Mallett, Hoyer seems like a pretty good “second” option. The Texans could offer the Browns a conditional pick, which could become a higher pick pending Hoyer’s 2014 season, plus a receiver possibly. (Hello Keshawn Martin).