Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer speculates that the Texans might be interested in Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. New Texans coach Bill O’Brien and Hoyer worked together with the Patriots, where O’Brien was the offensive coordinator. If the Browns select a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, Hoyer could become expendable. If the Texans opt to not to draft a quarterback with the first overall pick, they could use a player like Hoyer to stabilize the quarterback position, presuming they release Matt Schaub.
A few more pre-Super Bowl notes:
- The 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh may have different ideas regarding Harbaugh’s value, writes Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers might want Harbaugh, who is entering the fourth year of five-year contract, to take slightly less guaranteed money and more incentive-based pay.
- While the Eagles cannot extend quarterback Nick Foles until after the 2014 season (as per the CBA), they need to take a page from the Seahawks’ playbook and try to contend while their signal-caller is under a low-paying contract, writes Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.
- Broncos linebacker Von Miller will get to keep the more than $1MM that the Broncos were attempting to recoup as part of his six-game suspension, tweets ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk further explains that “partial bonus forfeiture is automatic,” so the Broncos were not actively trying to reclaim money.
- Manish Mehta notes that an impressive Super Bowl performance can often lead to a big payday for impending free agents, and cites Eric Decker, Knowshon Moreno, and Golden Tate as players with a lot of money at stake in tonight’s game.