NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to make a statement in a few hours about whether the Cleveland Browns should let quarterback Brian Hoyer walk.
The Browns have a roster spot open, with a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, and the team would love to have Hoyer back, but the question is whether the Browns can find a replacement for the veteran quarterback.
Hoyer, who has a career record of 23-24, hasn’t been able to play at a high level since missing all of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
He has been limited to only 27 games, completing 53.1 percent of his passes.
He’s played well enough to earn a contract extension, but that won’t be guaranteed until 2019.
The league announced Thursday that Hoyer is the only quarterback eligible for a contract in 2019.
The team can hold the option on his contract, but if he doesn’t sign it by Sept. 30, he’ll become a free agent.
Harter’s departure would be a blow to the Browns, who are trying to replace Josh McCown, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last week and will miss at least the next two seasons after undergoing neck surgery.
Horton and a handful of others have expressed interest in taking over the starting job.
The Browns could choose to sign one of them or keep Hoyer, but they’ll likely have to find a backup.