Arizona Cardinals waive QB Brian Hoyer
At best, Hoyer would have been a third-string quarterback in 2013, and he wasn’t projected to receive enough reps at the position with the Cardinals. The team gave him a second-round tender as a restricted free agent this offseason, but he was forced down the depth chart after the team signed Drew Stanton in March and traded for former Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. The Cardinals also had their 2012 sixth-round pick Ryan Lindley on the depth chart at QB.
Additionally, with Hoyer slated to make a little over $2 million this offseason, he had become an expensive option at especially when the Cardinals could have a more modest candidate satisfy the position.
Although the Cardinals actively shopped Hoyer during the NFL draft, they didn’t find any takers.
The Cardinals had claimed Hoyer off waivers late last season after he’d spent part of 2012 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hoyer made a lone start last season in the Cardinals’ 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers during Week 17, completing 19-of-34 his passes for 225 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The 27-year-old Hoyer saw action in just two games for the Cardinals, finishing with 30 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while completing 30 of 53 his pass attempts last season.
The former backup to Tom Brady also previously spent three seasons with the New England Patriots, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009. However, Hoyer became expendable to New England after they drafted Ryan Mallett in 2011.
Hoyer will be now again looking for a new team (his four) into his sixth season in the NFL. Should Hoyer clear waivers, his focus will remain to join a team that needs depth at quarterback. The Cleveland Browns could be an option since they reportedly had interest in him during the NFL draft but were unable to get a deal done. The Browns could potentially sign Hoyer in an effort to challenge quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell this offseason.