Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns strike two-year deal
Hoyer played two games for the Arizona Cardinals last season – including his lone NFL start in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers, in which he threw for 225 yards, one touchdown and an interception while completing 66.9 percent of his passes. He was the fourth Cardinals quarterback to start last season.
However, Hoyer was forced down the depth chart after the Cardinals traded with the Oakland Raiders for veteran Carson Palmer and signed former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Drew Stanton this offseason. The Cardinals also had 2012 draft pick Ryan Lindley under contract at the quarterback.
The 27-year-old Hoyer was briefly on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster as well last season. Hoyer was signed in November to serve as backup quarterback to Pittsburgh Steeler’s Charlie Batch while Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich were sidelined by injuries. However, Hoyer was released just two weeks later before being claimed off waivers by the Cardinals last December.
The former backup to Tom Brady also spent three seasons with the New England Patriots, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. He was released by New England ahead of the 2012 season.
Throughout his career, Hoyer has thrown for 616 yards, two interceptions and three touchdowns while completing 55.4 percent of his passes. Hoyer has appeared in just 15 games during his entire NFL career.
Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi has for long seen potential in Hoyer and the team was reportedly interested in trading for the player during the 2013 NFL draft.
With the Organized Team Activities (OTAs) around the corner, the Browns now have a potential quarterback battle on their hands. Brandon Weeden projects to be the Week 1 starter with Jason Campbell coming across as a favorite for backup duties. But Hoyer provides the Browns with another option at the position, especially while they are still searching for a franchise quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound Hoyer will attempt to force Thaddeus Lewis out of the quarterback competition in Cleveland this offseason.