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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback | #2

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team will "continue to look" for quarterbacks.
San Francisco filled the immediate void at quarterback by signing Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, but neither is the long-term answer. San Francisco could end up addressing the position in the draft, or they could bring in another stopgap option and bet on landing Kirk Cousins in free agency next spring. As it stands now, Hoyer looks like the Week 1 starter, but that could change. Mar 11 - 9:28 AM

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Brian Hoyer's two-year deal is worth $12 million, but includes $10 million guaranteed with an additional $6 million available in incentives.

Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Hoyer's incentives are reasonably attainable if he becomes "a productive starter." Still, the deal is backup caliber and worth less than last year's Chase Daniel contract with Philadelphia. Hoyer appears likely to make significantly less money than Mike Glennon, whom the Bears chose signing over Hoyer as a stopgap game manager. The 49ers could still easily use an early-round pick on a quarterback if they deem one worthy.
Mar 8 - 9:53 PM

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports coach Kyle Shanahan views Brian Hoyer as a "backup-type" quarterback.

If Kinkhabwala's report is true -- we have no reason not to believe it -- it would seem Hoyer's addition won't preclude the 49ers from pursuing Kirk Cousins. Hoyer and Cousins were teammates at Michigan State, and it's possible Hoyer signed with San Francisco just to reunite with Shanahan. For what it's worth, Hoyer was dreadful under Shanahan in 13 starts with the Browns in 2014, registering a 55.3 percent completion rate and throwing 12 touchdowns to 13 picks. Hoyer should be viewed as a one-year stopgap at best.
Mar 8 - 3:29 PM

49ers agreed to terms with QB Brian Hoyer on a two-year contract.

Things were headed this direction all day. Hoyer reunites in San Francisco with former OC Kyle Shanahan, serving as a bridge until the 49ers find their long-term answer. Signing Hoyer likely means the 49ers will not trade for Kirk Cousins this offseason, but it seems like a foregone conclusion Cousins will end up in San Francisco at some point. Hoyer is as good an option as any to keep the seat warm.
Mar 8 - 2:57 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, "indications at this point" are that free agent Brian Hoyer will sign with the 49ers.

Hoyer is expected to leave Chicago with the Bears zeroed in on Mike Glennon, while the Jets have shown interest in Hoyer but lack the coaching familiarity with him the 49ers can offer. Kyle Shanahan was Hoyer's OC in Cleveland. 31-year-old Hoyer would be a traditional "bridge" quarterback in San Francisco, holding down the fort until the Niners get someone better. With that said, he is an upgrade on 2016 quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick.
Mar 8 - 1:44 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers and Jets are showing "strong interest" in free agent Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer played for now-49ers coach Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland back in 2014. Hoyer started 13 games that year, but had a brutal 55.3 completion percentage and 12:13 TD:INT mark. In five starts for the Bears last season, Hoyer completed 67 percent of his throws with six touchdowns and no picks. Hoyer is probably better and will be much cheaper than Mike Glennon.
Mar 8 - 10:29 AM

The Bears have reportedly "expressed" to free agent Brian Hoyer that they want him back.

The Bears are heavy into the Mike Glennon market, however, and Hoyer likely wants an opportunity to compete for a starting job, something he wouldn't get if Glennon lands his rumored $14-15 million annually in Chicago. Reuniting with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco would position Hoyer for more playing time.
Mar 6 - 11:53 AM

In addition to Matt Schaub, the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows names Brian Hoyer as a free agent quarterback the 49ers might pursue.

Schaub has been previously speculated as a fit in San Francisco after spending the last two years with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. Hoyer played for Shanahan in Cleveland, and has been far more effective in recent years than Schaub. Barring an unlikely-if-intriguing match with Kirk Cousins, the 49ers will be scraping the bottom of the barrel for veteran quarterback options. Barrows didn't rule out the Niners signing both Hoyer and Schaub in free agency.
Feb 17 - 8:41 PM

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes impending free agent Brian Hoyer is a "logical" bridge quarterback if the Bears draft a developmental prospect.

Dickerson wrote Hoyer is "open to mentoring younger players" and "has a strong relationship with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains." Hoyer also played reasonably well in five starts before landing on injured reserve with a broken forearm. If the Bears try to address their quarterback need in the draft, it will not be surprising to see Hoyer re-signed.
Source: ESPN
Feb 14 - 9:54 AM

Bears placed QB Brian Hoyer on injured reserve with a fractured forearm.

Early-Monday reports that Hoyer would only miss six weeks as opposed to eight were billed as good news, but Hoyer's placement on I.R. knocks him out for eight weeks anyway. We'd be shocked to see Hoyer play again this season.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Brian Hoyer is expected to return in six weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken left forearm.

Hoyer was initially expected to miss eight weeks, but CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the surgery "went well." The improved timeline could keep Hoyer off injured reserve, but the Bears still need to decide what they are going to do at quarterback for the next month and a half. Matt Barkley struggled mightily against the Packers, and Jay Cutler is still dealing with a thumb injury, although he is well past his original 2-3 week timetable for return.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 09:25:00 AM

Brian Hoyer will have surgery to repair his broken left forearm on Sunday.

Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, Hoyer is expected to miss at least eight weeks. With only nine games left on the Bears' schedule, there's a strong possibility Hoyer will be placed on season-ending IR. Matt Barkley will handle quarterback duties until Jay Cutler (thumb) is ready to return. It's a downgrade for all the Bears' receivers.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 10:24:00 AM

X-rays showed Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left arm in Thursday's Week 7 game against the Packers.

Just brutal. The good news, if there is any, is that the injury was to Hoyer's non-throwing arm. Either way, it looks like he'll be facing an extended absence. Hoyer was in the midst of perhaps the best stretch of his career and looked poised to overtake Jay Cutler as the Bears' permanent starter. With both quarterbacks sidelined, ex-Eagle Matt Barkley will take over the starting job. Hoyer's injury is a blow to all of the Bears' pass-catchers.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 10:10:00 PM

Brian Hoyer left Thursday's Week 7 game against the Packers with a left arm injury and will not return.

Matt Barkley (yes, he's still around) has entered the game. Hoyer went down in the second quarter after taking a huge hit from Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews. He was favoring his left arm/wrist on his way to the locker room and is now headed for X-rays. Hoyer was having a rough night before the injury with just four completions and 49 yards passing on 11 attempts. He didn't throw any touchdowns or interceptions.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 09:28:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 30-of-49 passes for 302 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Bears' 17-16, Week 6 loss to the Jaguars.

With the Bears' run game completely stymied, they put everything on Hoyer's plate, who couldn't take advantage of ridiculous volume for a strong fantasy day. Either way, the 300-yard game was his fourth in four starts, while he's yet to throw an interception. He's been miles better than Jay Cutler, and seems poised to keep the Bears' starting job. Hoyer gets the Packers' inconsistent pass defense on the road in Week 7.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 04:12:00 PM

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3RB1Carlos Hyde
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LG1Zane Beadles
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