Patriots Bring in QB Brian Hoyer in the Aftermath of Tom Brady’s Departure

Brian Hoyer with the Pats. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/Shutterstock

New England Patriots have signed a quarterback in the aftermath of Tom Brady’s departure, but it’s not the name that will make Pats’ fans excited about the future. According to The Boston Globe, Pats brought in veteran Brian Hoyer on a one-year deal, worth $1.05 million.

Hoyer became a free agent just recently, with Indianapolis Colts deciding to release him after signing Phillip Rivers. By signing with the Pats, the 34-year-old returns to familiar surroundings, as he spent the first three years of his career with the franchise.

Hoyer spent the 2019 NFL season backing up Jacoby Brissett in Indianapolis, but did manage to get one start. In the game against Miami Dolphins, which Colts lost 16-12, Hoyer threw for 204 yards and one touchdown, but also had three interceptions.

With Bryan Hoyer nearing towards the end of his career, the chances are that New England didn’t bring him in to be a starter. Instead, Hoyer will most likely compete with second-year player Jarrett Stidham and former third-round pick Cody Kessler for a backup role.

Patriots are expected to sign a proven veteran to start at the position, with the likes of Cam Newton and Andy Dalton being the most likely candidates. Both Newton and Dalton were given permission to seek a trade and would most likely be available for a knockdown price.