Brandon Weeden admitted Friday he had no advance knowledge that the Browns were signing quarterback Brian Hoyer, but he's not worried about how it will impact the quarterback competition.

"I was surprised, but that's the nature of the beast," Weeden said Friday at the Cleveland Browns Foundation charity golf outing at Westwood Country Club. "It's part of this business and if you start worrying about it, that's too much to worry about. That's my mentality going forward."

Weeden said he hasn't been told what the Browns have in mind for Hoyer, 27, and that it's not his concern.

"I have no idea," Weeden said. "I'm worried about me."

A source said that Hoyer, who signed his two-year deal on Friday, will come in as the third quarterback behind Weeden and second-teamer Jason Campbell -- but most likely ahead of current third-teamer Thad Lewis. He'll then have an opportunity to work his way up the depth chart.

But Weeden welcomes any and all challengers.

"Why not?" Weeden said. "I realize I didn't play as well as I could've last year and I know the work I've put in personally. I know how hard I've worked to become a better player off the field and training and whatever may be. I'm not worried about the other stuff. I'm confident in my abilities and I have a lot of confidence in the guys around me."

He re-iterated what he said in March, that he feels he can beat out whomever the Browns put in his path.

"I'd say so," he said. "You can't play this position timid or [not] confident. You've got to be confident all the time. Once I got my head in this playbook and realized how good this system is and how good it fits the guys we have in place, it kind of made me excited and lit a fire under everybody to really want to take that next step including myself."

Besides, he's looking forward to insight that the North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius grad will bring to the table after spending three seasons as Tom Brady's understudy in New England. Hoyer also served as a backup in Pittsburgh last season and then finished out the year with the Cardinals, who cut him last week.

"He's got a wealth of knowledge being around great coaches and great players," said Weeden. "It'll be great for our quarterback room and for the rest of the guys. He's been in a couple of stops so he's kind of gotten a taste of a few different areas. That brings a lot as far as bouncing ideas off of each other, talking through things and anytime you can do that it's always a positive."

Weeden said his experience at Oklahoma State helped prepare him for his current situation.

"I was a third-string guy for two years and I finally had to work my way until I was the guy and they were bringing in new quarterbacks all the time," he said. "You've just got to keep plugging away and do what you can do on a daily basis. A lot of people thought I was going to quit at Oklahoma State and not do it because I was the third guy, but that's not my mentality. I'm a competitor."

In a release after Hoyer's signing was official, coach Rob Chudzinski said, "Brian brings experience and a solid reputation to our squad. We are looking forward to getting him out on the field."

Campbell, who also golfed in the outing, wasn't surprised that the Browns added another arm. "You usually go into training camp with four quarterbacks," he said. "You knew somewhere along that it would probably happen."

Campbell, who signed a two-year deal in March, said he's never met Hoyer before, but that competition brings out the best in everyone.