It has seemed like only a matter of time until Brian Hoyer signs with the New England Patriots after Jimmy Garoppolo was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, and the transaction could be happening as soon as Wednesday.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Hoyer is visiting with the Patriots on Wednesday and is expected to sign a deal.
Source: free agent QB Brian Hoyer is visiting the Patriots this morning. The expectation is that he will be signing with the team.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media was told that Hoyer was included in the Garoppolo trade originally, but he was removed because of compensatory draft pick rules. Because Hoyer only signed with the Niners this past offseason and was not on the team’s roster for X amount of time, the Patriots would have had to send an additional draft pick to San Francisco if they traded for Hoyer. Instead, the 49ers released the veteran.
Hoyer began his career with the Patriots in 2009, so he is familiar with the system. There were some questions about whether teams would be willing to sign him as a starter after he was released by the Niners, but it makes sense that he will most likely sign with New England to back up Tom Brady.
The San Francisco 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade with the New England Patriots on Monday night, and as a corresponding move, they apparently will be releasing Brian Hoyer.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who first reported news of the Garoppolo trade, also reported that the 49ers will release Hoyer.
The Niners signed Hoyer in the offseason to a two-year, $12 million deal. He did not play as well as the Niners had hoped he would, as he threw for just four touchdowns and four interceptions while going winless.
One interesting twist to San Francisco releasing Hoyer is where he may end up. The Patriots traded third-string QB Jacoby Brissett to Indy before the season, and now they just dealt their second-string QB to San Francisco. They have a need for a backup, and Hoyer seems like a perfect fit.
Hoyer signed with the Patriots in 2009 and played with them for three seasons before moving on and eventually spending a few years as a starter in the league.
The San Francisco 49ers got off to another horrendous start while searching for their first win of the season on Monday, and head coach Kyle Shanahan decided to make a change at quarterback.
Midway through the second quarter, Brian Hoyer was benched in favor of rookie third-round pick C.J. Beathard. Hoyer completed just 4-of-11 passes for 34 yards before getting pulled, and the Niners were trailing 14-0 at the time.
Hoyer has a history with Shanahan dating back to when the two were with the Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco signed the 32-year-old to a two-year deal this past offseason not long after hiring Shanahan as their new head coach.
Heading into Sunday’s game, Hoyer had completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,211 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He had an unimpressive passer rating of 75.8. It was only a matter of time before Shanahan was forced to make a change.
Brian Hoyer said Friday what we were all thinking about the 2014 Cleveland Browns.
Hoyer was the primary quarterback that went 7-9 under coach Mike Pettine, but it was a season that saw Johnny Manziel drafted and general manager Ray Farmer sticking his nose in the work of his coaches, including offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Hoyer is now the starting quarterback in San Francisco under Shanahan, who is now the team’s head coach. And the veteran signal-caller has received assurances that he won’t have to experience anything like that again.
Brian Hoyer, #Browns starter in 2014, said he's in more stable situation: "The situation in Cleveland was a joke. Really, a circus." #49ers
The story of how owner Jimmy Haslam settled on Manziel — despite the team’s front office apparently favoring Teddy Bridgewater — is one of the all-time great Browns stories. Hard to dispute Hoyer’s assertion that it was a circus in Cleveland.
Unless the San Francisco 49ers acquire a quarterback via trade, Brian Hoyer could probably sleepwalk his way to the starting job in training camp. When you look at it that way, it’s no surprise Hoyer decided to sign with the Niners.
“I’m going to have a really good opportunity to go in and be the starting quarterback, and that’s all I’m looking for at this point in my career,” the 31-year-old said. “I’m not ready to sit there and be content going into the season being a backup. I wanted an opportunity to compete for a starting job.”
Hoyer has a good relationship with Kyle Shanahan from when the new 49ers head coach was the offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns. While Hoyer would not say that the two have a handshake agreement about the starting quarterback job, he does believe his history with Shanahan gives him an advantage over, say, Matt Barkley.
“I can go in there Day One and call the plays,” Hoyer said. “I don’t have to learn a whole new system.”
When Jay Cutler got hurt last year, Hoyer filled in nicely for the Chicago Bears. In fact, Hoyer probably would have kept the job if he did not suffer an injury himself. At this point, there’s probably only one particular offseason move that would send him to the bench in San Francisco, and that move is unlikely to happen.
Hoyer simply isn’t a franchise quarterback or a long-term solution to their issues at the position, and San Francisco probably knows that. Cousins would be a much better option, and this might not change their hopes of getting him. Hoyer may ultimately be a stopgap option for a year or so until the Niners can get the quarterback they really want.
The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly agreed to a deal with free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Hoyer had narrowed his decision down to the 49ers and New York Jets. He chose to reunited with Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland when Hoyer played there.
Source: FA QB Brian Hoyer is headed to the #49ers. Reunion with Kyle Shanahan
Hoyer isn’t exactly a franchise quarterback, so it’s still possible the 49ers could look to make a trade at some point. There have been rumblings that they could try to trade for Houston Texans backup Tom Savage or Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian if Tony Romo lands with either of those teams. Shanahan is also said to be eyeing a bigger prize next offseason if not sooner, so Hoyer could be a temporary solution.
The San Francisco 49ers have been mentioned as having interest in Matt Schaub, and another quarterback potentially in the mix for them is Brian Hoyer.
The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, who is a plugged-in 49ers reporter, hosted a Q&A earlier this week and was asked about San Francisco’s short-term plans for a QB.
In his response, Barrows said he expects new head coach Kyle Shanahan to add a combination of veterans and rookies. He specifically mentioned Hoyer or Schaub — or both — as potential additions for the Niners.
A report two weeks ago said that Shanahan was likely to bring in Schaub, potentially as the team’s starter. Schaub turns 36 in June and has only thrown 113 passes over the past three seasons since becoming a backup after his career with the Texans took a downturn.
Hoyer, 31, spent the first part of his career as a backup, but he earned starting time with the Browns, Texans and Bears in recent years, and has put up some respectable numbers. He has thrown for 44 touchdowns and 26 interceptions during his career.
Brian Hoyer suffered a broken arm in the Chicago Bears’ game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
Hoyer left the game for X-rays after being hit hard by two Bears defenders during the first half.
CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson later reported that Bears head coach John Fox said Hoyer suffered a broken left arm on the play.
Former fourth-round pick Matt Barkley replaced Hoyer in the game. Barkley had not completed a pass in the NFL since 2013 prior to Thursday’s game against the Packers.
First-string quarterback Jay Cutler is recovering from a thumb injury suffered in Week 2. He would be the team’s likely starter when healthy given Hoyer’s injury. The Bears may have to consider adding another quarterback in light of Hoyer’s injury.
Fox obviously doesn’t want this to be a story. The fact is, though, there are rumblings that the staff simply doesn’t think much of Cutler, and the job is Hoyer’s to keep as long as he performs competently.