The New England Patriots’ QB room became a bit more crowded on Tuesday. The organization decided to re-sign veteran Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal, adding a fourth quarterback to their roster ahead of the training camp. Hoyer’s agency JL Sports announced the news on social media, with the Pats later confirming the move as well.
Hoyer opened the 2020 NFL season as Cam Newton’s backup but was dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart behind Jarrett Stidham as the campaign progressed. The 35-year-old player got one start last season, throwing for 130 yards and having one interception against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4.
Hoyer was reportedly an option for several teams earlier in the offseason and visited the New York Jets in early April. The two sides couldn’t come to an agreement, which opened the way for his return to New England.
This will be Brian Hoyer’s seventh season with the Patriots, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. He spent three years in his first stint with the organization before returning in 2017. Hoyer then left again in 2019 to play with the Indianapolis Colts, only to return a year later.
Throughout his NFL career, Hoyer also played with the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, and Chicago Bears, among other teams. He has 10,404 career passing yards with 52 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.
It remains to be seen what role the Pats have in store for Hoyer. Besides having Newton and Stidham as their QB options, the organization also took Alabama’s Mac Jones in this year’s draft.