“I know Ray and Brian want to get together,” Linta said. “Ray is very busy. I’m sure Ray will find the time between now and the start of free agency. Once those two get together we can move forward. Brian definitely knows how the coaching staff feels.”
When asked whether Hoyer wanted to come back, Linta noted only that Hoyer “is excited about the possibility of staying” in Cleveland.
Hoyer had a strong start to the 2014 season in leading the Browns to a 7-4 record, but really struggled down the stretch. He threw nine interceptions and completed less than 50 percent of his passes in his final five games as Cleveland finished with a losing record (7-9) for the seventh straight year.
Even with his solid numbers over the first few months, Hoyer finished the season among the league’s worst signal callers, and his stats were eerily similar to McCown’s. His passer rating (76.5) ranked just ahead of the former Bucs quarterback, while his completion percentage (55.3 percent) was slightly lower.
Whether McCown represents an upgrade over Hoyer is unclear, but what is certain is that the Browns once again are searching for a quarterback to lead the team in 2015.
The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Brandon Gibson on Friday, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Gibson was owed almost $3.5 million in 2015, and though at one point he was considered an up-and-comer, he struggled last season.
Washington, the team that just signed defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois on Thursday, made a couple big cuts in that area on Friday. They released defensive linemen Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen on Friday, which saves them nearly $10 million in cap space for the 2015 season, according to John Keim of ESPN.
Bowen saved the team $5.5 million on his own. Both Cofield and Bowen have been effective at times, and at one point were anchoring what was considered a deeply talented defensive line. But injuries wrecked said line, and Washington is content to part ways with these two to make room for Jean-Francois, who should now step into a starting role.