Browns owner: 'We don't know who our QB is going to be next year'

Friday January 23rd, 2015

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Thursday that the organization doesn't know who is going to be its starting quarterback next season, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal.

Veteran Brian Hoyer won a preseason battle with rookie Johnny Manziel for the 2014 starting job. Hoyer started 13 games before being benched in favor of Manziel, who sustained an injury in his second start and missed the final game of the season.

The Browns selected Manziel in the first round of the 2014 draft, and Haslam said drafting a quarterback in the first round again this year is on the table.

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"We're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team," said Haslam

Hoyer is set to become a free agent, and Haslam did not rule out the possibility of the veteran returning.

"I think every option is open, on the table for us in terms of who's going to play next year," he said.

Haslam said Manziel knows he "has to show on and off the field he can be a professional." In December, the rookie said he arrived in the NFL "with a college mindset," which he said faded over the course of the season.

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In 14 games, Hoyer threw for 3,326 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Manziel finished the season completing 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards with two interceptions and one rushing touchdown.

- Molly Geary

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