After visiting the Jets and Broncos this week, free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer doesn’t have any other visits lined up, says Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. A source tells Florio that Hoyer’s plan for now is to head home and let things “percolate” for a few days, while staying in touch with the Jets and Broncos.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweeted on Wednesday that Hoyer would likely find a new home quickly, and added yesterday that the veteran signal-caller has “at least six teams” interested in him. However, nothing is imminent at the moment, according to Florio, who suggests that Hoyer won’t rush into a deal.
The Jets and Broncos both have several balls in the air — Gang Green remains in a holding pattern with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is still the team’s preferred option, while the Broncos are in a similar holding pattern with Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. Both teams may also use the draft to add a quarterback.
Outside of New York and Denver, there aren’t many landing spots that would allow Hoyer to compete for a starting job right away, so it makes sense that he’d prefer to wait to see if either of those clubs wants to sign him. The alternative would be joining a team for whom he’d be the clear-cut backup, such as the Cowboys. Along with Dallas, the Bears and Steelers have also been mentioned as possible suitors for Hoyer, though it’s not entirely clear how serious those teams are about the ex-Texan.
Hoyer, 30, made nine starts and appeared in 11 total games for the Texans in 2015, and enjoyed his best season as a pro. The Michigan State product completed more than 60% of his passes, throwing for 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. Houston went 5-4 in Hoyer’s starts, but he he became expendable when the team went out and signed Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72MM deal in free agency last month.
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