Browns fans will have to wait until the trade deadline on April 30th to find out if the team will make a deal for QB Brian Hoyer.
The Browns have been linked to a number of QBs, including Kansas City’s Alex Smith, Washington’s Kirk Cousins, San Francisco’s Matt Barkley, New York Jets’ Geno Smith, Oakland’s Derek Carr and Carolina’s Cam Newton, but no team has come close to securing Hoyer as a free agent.
The 49ers have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which would make Hoyer a priority for them if they can get him.
With the draft still a few months away, the Browns should have a better sense of what they need in a quarterback this offseason.
If they do make a trade for Hoyer, they would be looking to bring back one of the top quarterbacks in the league in a potential deal.
Here’s a look at the top QBs in the NFL and their current contract.
— Follow Brian Hall on Twitter: @BrianHallAP Browns: QB Brian Heavey, New England Patriots — The Browns are known for having a high opinion of their young quarterback.
In the last two seasons, they’ve drafted two of the best young quarterbacks in recent memory, Matt Barkley and Russell Wilson.
The two of them combined for 18,823 passing yards and 37 touchdowns last season.
While the Browns’ front office has been known to get the best value out of players in the late round, they might be able to get a lot for Hoyle.
The 31-year-old has a $14.5 million cap hit this year, and the Browns are unlikely to move him to the open market this offseason to acquire a starting quarterback.
If Hoyle can put up big numbers and make the team, the team could move on to another franchise quarterback, though he would likely have to waive his no-trade clause to do so.
— Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com Browns: RB Josh Gordon, Pittsburgh Steelers — The Steelers haven’t made a trade involving a QB in a decade, but they could do so again this offseason if Gordon stays healthy.
They could be interested in trading him if they decide to draft a QB and want to add a veteran presence to the backfield, but Gordon has shown he is one of Pittsburgh’s best runners.
He has 1,093 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground this season.
The Steelers will be looking for a veteran back to compete with DeAngelo Williams for the starting running back job, which could open up opportunities for Gordon in the backfield.
Gordon would be a huge addition to the Steelers’ backfield.
— Zach Berman, ESPN Insider NFL mock draft: Top 10 QBs available for Browns, Titans, and Panthers | ESPN draft: QBs who should be on the board | More mock draft coverage NFL mock drafts: Browns, Dolphins | Panthers, Vikings | Titans, Colts | Ravens | Patriots, Steelers | Steelers, Eagles | 49ers | Bengals, Saints | Cowboys | Browns | Lions | Chiefs | 49er | Ravens • Last updated March 31, 2019.