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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback | #8

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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Bears signed QB Brian Hoyer to a one-year, $2 million contract.
It's an awful landing spot for Hoyer, as he'll only come into playing time if Jay Cutler gets hurt. Of course, Cutler has been rather injury prone in his career, so there's a decent chance Hoyer makes 2016 starts. It's simply surprising he ended up somewhere where there won't be a competition. Hoyer's market must have been really depressed. Hoyer is one of the league's better backups, but typically gets exposed after 5-6 starts. Apr 30 - 7:21 PM

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Free agent Brian Hoyer plans to see how the draft plays out before signing a contract.

Hoyer has already met with the Broncos and Jets but it's possible more suitors will emerge after the draft. The 30-year-old played reasonably well in Houston last year (19 TD, 7 INT in 11 games) but couldn't stay healthy and melted down in the playoffs against Kansas City. Hoyer is hoping to land a starting job but that's probably unrealistic.
Apr 27 - 7:22 PM

Free agent Brian Hoyer left his Broncos visit without a contract.

GM John Elway said Hoyer has another visit scheduled. Hoyer met with the Jets before the Broncos. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports both teams have genuine interest in Hoyer, but are not in a rush to get a deal done.
Apr 21 - 2:11 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports six teams are interested in free agent Brian Hoyer.

It's not surprising, as Hoyer has proven to be one of the league's better caddies. The problem, of course, is that Hoyer usually gets exposed as a pure backup after making 5-6 starts. Hoyer is currently visiting the Broncos. He'd form an underwhelming duo with Mark Sanchez in the Rockies.
Apr 21 - 12:03 PM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta believes the Jets' meeting with free agent Brian Hoyer was a case of the team doing its "due diligence."

The Jets did let Hoyer leave without a contract. He's flying to Denver next. Per Mehta, the Jets "still prefer (Ryan) Fitzpatrick, but they are preparing themselves for other options." Mehta also believes Hoyer would be signing on in New York to be Geno Smith's backup, not Fitzpatrick's replacement.
Apr 20 - 11:36 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports free agent Brian Hoyer will next visit the Broncos.

Hoyer met with the Jets' higher-ups Tuesday night and continued his visit with the coaching staff Wednesday morning, but he's now moving on to Denver. The Jets' interest may have been overblown by some, as it's safe to say Ryan Fitzpatrick is still Gang Green's No. 1 target. Hoyer wouldn't be much of an upgrade, if one at all, over Mark Sanchez for the Super Bowl champs.
Apr 20 - 1:22 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Jets' interest in free agent Brian Hoyer is "very real," and that there could be a contract offer by Wednesday.

We're not so sure. ESPN New York has reported Hoyer's visit is little more than "due diligence," and even with the Ryan Fitzpatrick talks at an impasse, the Jets already have an in-house backup plan in Geno Smith. If Hoyer ends up as a Jet, it will probably be further down the road.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:30 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports free agent Brian Hoyer's visit to the Jets is just "due diligence," and that free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick remains the team's priority at quarterback.

Hoyer is just a backup plan in case talks with Fitzpatrick completely fall apart. It could be argued Geno Smith is a better in-house option than Hoyer.
Apr 19 - 5:07 PM

Free agent QB Brian Hoyer will visit the Jets on Tuesday.

That did not take long. Hoyer drew interest from the Jets last season before ultimately signing with the Texans, who officially released him on Monday. It is possible the interest is genuine, but the situation surrounding Ryan Fitzpatrick means any foray into the quarterback market has to be viewed with a grain of salt. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday Fitz and the Jets are not expected to reach a deal prior to the draft.
Apr 19 - 8:27 AM

A source told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the Cowboys could have interest in free agent Brian Hoyer "at the right price."

Dallas' current backups behind Tony Romo (collarbone) are Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers, neither of whom is worthy of No. 2 duties. Hoyer would be a big upgrade on Moore, who was physically overmatched last season, committing seven turnovers in three appearances (two starts). The Cowboys, Steelers, and Jets have all been linked to Hoyer since his release from the Texans.
Apr 18 - 3:16 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Jets are interested in free agent Brian Hoyer.

They'll have competition from the Steelers and a handful of other teams. The Jets may try to use their reported Hoyer interest as leverage in contract talks with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick. Hoyer and Fitzpatrick are similar talents, and Hoyer's price tag will be exponentially less than Fitzpatrick's to-date contract demands, rumored to be in the $15 million per-year range.
Apr 17 - 6:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers are interested in free agent Brian Hoyer.

La Canfora expects Hoyer to be "in demand" now that he's an unrestricted free agent. Hoyer's Browns beat the Steelers 31-10 in Week 6 of the 2014 season, and he also led a talent-poor Cleveland team to a three-point Week 1 loss against Pittsburgh that same year. Hoyer should be able to land a high-end backup's contract, which is typically in the $3-4 million per-year range.
Apr 17 - 5:38 PM

Texans released QB Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer, 30, set career bests in TD-to-INT ratio (19:7) and passer rating (91.4) as a nine-game starter for the Texans last year, but his stats were inflated by DeAndre Hopkins' breakout season, and Hoyer bottomed out in the playoffs with a four-interception Wild Card meltdown against Kansas City. Hoyer remains one of the NFL's better backups and should be snapped up quickly. The Texans tried trading Hoyer, but got no offers at the journeyman's $5.25 million base salary. They'll move forward with Brandon Weeden and Tom Savage behind Brock Osweiler.
Apr 17 - 5:04 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Jets have "expressed interest" in acquiring Brian Hoyer.

In the same breath, Cole also reported the Jets are "holding the line" on free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick and aren't willing to up their offer to him. With Brock Osweiler in the fold in Houston, Hoyer is expected to be released or traded. He was downright horrific in the Wild Card loss to the Chiefs in one of the worst quarterback playoff performances in recent memory. Houston would likely take a seventh-round pick in return just to get Hoyer's $5.25 million off the books.
Apr 1 - 12:31 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans and Brian Hoyer are "headed for a divorce."

Per Rapsheet, "both sides sound OK with a fresh start." The Texans have tried to claim this wasn't the case, but it's been the obvious endgame since they lavished $72 million on Brock Osweiler. Due $5.25 million in the final year of his contract, Hoyer can likely be acquired for a day-three draft pick. His status may not be resolved until Ryan Fitzpatrick and Colin Kaepernick know their 2016 fates.
Mar 29 - 7:11 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Brian Hoyer
3David Fales
4Dalyn Williams
RB1Jeremy Langford
2Jordan Howard
3Ka'Deem Carey
4Jacquizz Rodgers
5Senorise Perry
GLB1Jeremy Langford
2Jordan Howard
3RB1Jeremy Langford
2Ka'Deem Carey
FB1Paul Lasike
2Joe Sommers
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Eddie Royal
3Marc Mariani
4Daniel Braverman
5Deonte Thompson
WR21Kevin White
2Josh Bellamy
3Cameron Meredith
4Marquess Wilson
5Kieran Duncan
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Zach Miller
2Rob Housler
3Khari Lee
4Tony Moeaki
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Jason Weaver
3Martin Wallace
4John Kling
LG1Cody Whitehair
2Ted Larsen
3Adrian Bellard
C1Hroniss Grasu
2Cornelius Edison
RG1Kyle Long
2Nick Becton
3Donovan Williams
RT1Bobby Massie
2Nate Chandler
3Adrian Bellard
K1Robbie Gould