According to multiple reports, the Browns have added free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and running back Brandon Jackson.
Hoyer was rumored to be among players that GM Mike Lombardi had an interest in during free agency but when he was tendered a second-round offer as a restricted free agent by the Cardinals, the Browns weren’t in the market as they did not have a second-round draft choice.
However, the Cardinals released Hoyer Monday and he agreed to a two-year contract with the Browns according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM radio. The former Cleveland St. Ignatius quarterback and North Olmsted native played his college football at Michigan State. He signed with the Cardinals last season.
Hoyer (6-2, 215) was with the Patriots and has completed just 57 passes in four NFL seasons with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He was 30-of-53 for 330 yards last season with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Rob Chudzinski was asked specifically after Thursday’s practice if Hoyer might be added or if the Browns planned to go to training camp with Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Thaddeus Lewis as the team’s quarterbacks.
“I think all of that will remain to be seen,” Chudzinski said. “We are coaching these guys up right now. I feel good with this group with what they are doing and how they have progressed. We will just move along and keep going in the same direction. As you saw today Brandon was working with the first group. Jason (Campbell) has been working with the second group and Thaddeus (Lewis) has gotten reps with the third group. We will continue along that way, it’s just too early right now to be able to say anything. It wouldn’t be smart to name a starter and all those types of things that we have gone through before.”
Jackson was with the Browns the last two seasons and was an unrestricted free agent. He reportedly agreed to a one-year deal. Jackson was inactive for 13 games last season after missing his first season with the Browns after suffering a turf toe injury in the 2011 preseason.
Jackson (5-10, 216) is 27 years old and carried the ball eight times for 54 yards in two games. His longest run was a 25-yard run against the Steelers.
The Browns have not announced the signings as they will need to release two players to make room for Hoyer and Jackson.