Former Patriots QB Reportedly Agrees to Return to New England

Brian Hoyer

Getty Brian Hoyer is headed back to the New England Patriots for a third run.

Brian Hoyer was reportedly released by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, but the 34-year-old who made it known he was open to a return to the New England Patriots, wasn’t without a job for long. On Sunday, Hoyer and the  Patriots reportedly agreed to a one-year contract bringing the veteran back to the team.

Per NFL Insider Adam Caplan, Hoyer’s one-year deal is worth $2 million, and it is fully guaranteed. This yet another bargain and potentially high-value signing for the Patriots.

As Pro Football Talk detailed, Hoyer’s agent stated that the Patriots offered the quarterback a chance to start, which was enough to get him to turn down more money elsewhere and head to New England.

Brian Hoyer is Ready for His Third Run With the Patriots

Clearly, Hoyer liked being a Patriot. That might sound overly simplistic, but there is real value there. It’s part of the reason he likely signed so quickly.

There can be a competitive market for experienced backup quarterbacks, which is exactly what Hoyer is, but he didn’t seem interested in testing the free-agent waters for long.

What Hoyer Has Done in Previous Two Runs with the Patriots?

Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer (Getty Images)

Hoyer has played for seven teams in his 11-year NFL career, but he has spent the most time with the Patriots. In five seasons with the team, which included 23 games of action, Hoyer has never started a game.

In backup roles to Tom Brady, Hoyer completed 32 of 51 passes for a completion rate of 62.1 percent. He’s thrown for 335 yards, a TD and an interception which has been good for an 80.1 passer rating.

Why Bringing Brian Hoyer in Makes Sense

To put it plainly, this move makes it clear the Patriots are going to roll with Jarrett Stidham as their starting QB. The team drafted Stidham in the fourth round last year, and whether we realized it or not, it appears Bill Belichick fashioned him as a potential successor to Brady.

Hoyer represents a non-threatening veteran presence for Stidham. Essentially, he’s not trying to take the young player’s job. He’s being brought in with the understanding that he’s there to help groom and develop Stidham.

Hoyer also represents depth at the position should Stidham go down, and if the Patriots draft a QB, Hoyer can help mentor both young quarterbacks, and potentially be an additional voice of evaluation for the team.

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Are the Patriots Done at QB?

While the Pats currently have three QBs on the roster with Stidham, Hoyer and Cody Kessler, but many believe Belichick will draft a QB and the team will roll with four signal callers on the roster in 2020, at least for a while.

Evan Lazar of CLNS is one expecting the Patriots to carry four QBs and reminds us it wouldn’t be the first time in the Belichick era the team began the season with so many at the position.

In my recent 7-round mock, I have the Patriots taking Iowa’s Nate Stanley in the fourth round of the 2020 draft, but there is even a possibility the team moves one or two of its third-round picks in an effort to move up to grab a first-round talent like Oregon’s Justin Herbert.

Hoyer would then mentor a rookie QB and Stidham and at some point, a decision would be made on the team’s future at the position.

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