The 35-year-old passer spent the 2020 season with the Patriots, his third stint with the team, and has a history with new Jets coach Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur. Hoyer was the first 49ers starter under Kyle Shanahan, opening the 2017 season in that role. Saleh and LaFleur were in their initial months as 49ers staffers that season as well.
The 49ers signed Hoyer to a two-year, $12MM deal in 2017 and used him as their starter in six games. The then-rebuilding team went 0-6 in those contests and eventually released Hoyer in-season, having acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots. Hoyer finished that season replacing Garoppolo as Tom Brady‘s backup, a role he held earlier in his career and one he reprised in 2018.
Hoyer’s most extensive work came with the Browns in 2014, when McDaniel was on staff as a coaching intern, and the Texans in 2015. He went 7-6 as the Cleveland starter in ’14, before being benched for Johnny Manziel, and trekked to Houston and Chicago in the ensuing seasons. After Hoyer landed a three-year, $12MM Colts deal in 2019 — one the Colts shed in 2020 — he joined Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham as part of the Pats’ first post-Brady QB mix. Overall, Hoyer has played in 70 games and started 39 in his 12-season career.
Last season, the Jets featured Joe Flacco as Sam Darnold‘s backup. Both are now with other teams, with Flacco joining the Eagles ahead of this week’s Darnold trade, leaving Mike White and 2020 fourth-round pick James Morgan as the only QBs on Gang Green’s roster. The Jets are expected to add Zach Wilson at No. 2 overall, but they will almost certainly bring in a veteran mentor-type passer as well. Hoyer would qualify as such.
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