AFC Notes: Hoyer, Chiefs, Manuel, Jets

As Brian Hoyer and the Browns continue to play well, the quarterback’s contract situation will continue to be a story. Former agent and current analyst Joel Corry appeared on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench yesterday, expressing his belief that the team should wait one more season before making a decision about the position…

“There haven’t been any contract discussions with Brian Hoyer since the spring…He’s making $1.2 million this year. He’s severely underpaid, so they’re ultimately going to have to make a choice. Do they go with their first-round pick, Johnny Manziel, as quarterback, or do they pay Brian Hoyer like a starting quarterback and then figure out what to do with Johnny?”

“What I would do is delay the decision a year. I would either put a transition tag for $16 million on Brian Hoyer for 2015 or franchise him for $18.5 million for the one year. It all depends on what my strategy would be, which tag I would use. If I wasn’t afraid of some team in the open market signing him to an offer sheet – which the Browns would be able to match because they’ll have about $50 million of cap room – (I might do that). And (if) they were comfortable with letting the market decide the deal and have him go long-term at that point, then I’d put the transition tag on him. If they wanted to truly play it out for another year, you franchise him for the $18.5 million and let things unfold in 2015.”

Let’s check out some more notes from the AFC…

  • Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole hushed any rumors regarding Richie Incognito and the Chiefs. The writer tweeted that the lineman has not worked out for Kansas City.
  • Bills quarterback EJ Manuel will not become a consistent starter in the NFL, opines CBS NFL analyst Steve Beuerlein (via Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today Sports). “There’s no doubt Kyle Orton is not the guy for the future, but you’ve got to decide whether or not EJ Manuel is,” said Beuerlein. “There are just so many questions there, that I don’t know how you make that decision in his favor.”
  • There is no reason that Mark Sanchez‘s apparent turnaround couldn’t have happened with the Jets, writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
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