Hoyer's agent says he is negotiating contract extension with Browns

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Record-Courier staff report

The Cleveland Browns are negotiating a contract extension for Brian Hoyer, according to the quarterback's agent.

Joe Linta, the agent for the Browns' signal-caller, confirmed the talks on Monday.

Hoyer is currently entering the final year of his contract that will pay him $1 million this season.

At this stage, according to Linta, the negotiations have just begun.

"It will be a very difficult deal to do," Linta told NFL.com. "We're always open to talking with the Browns, but we're content to wait and see what happens down the road."

Hoyer joined the Browns prior to the start of the 2013 season and was given a chance to start when Brandon Weeden struggled. Hoyer started in only three games, winning all three, before tearing his ACL and missing the remainder of the season.

Despite an off-season spent recovering from the injury and the team drafting Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, first-year head coach Mike Pettine said on June 13 that Hoyer was "securely ahead" of Manziel on the depth chart.

Pettine did say, though, that the gap was not insurmountable for Manziel to make up.

Cleveland opens its training camp in Berea on July 26.

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