Raiders To Release QB Brian Hoyer

Brought to Las Vegas after considering retirement last year, Brian Hoyer took a backseat after Josh McDaniels’ midseason firing. As the Raiders attempt to revamp their quarterback room, it will no longer include the veteran backup.

The Raiders are releasing Hoyer,’s Adam Schefter tweets. This will precede Jimmy Garoppolo‘s upcoming release, severing ties with the ex-Patriots wing of the Raiders’ QB room. Aidan O’Connell will remain with the team, as three years remain on the fourth-rounder’s rookie contract.

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A complex Raiders QB year featured some notable Hoyer cameos. Despite being brought aboard in April, Hoyer needed to work as the team’s first-stringer during much of the offseason program due to Garoppolo’s foot surgery. Garoppolo was not initially believed to have needed surgery, but McDaniels announced the operation last May. This led to the then-37-year-old Hoyer taking reps as Garoppolo rehabbed.

Garoppolo missed two games due to injury during his starter portion of the season. While McDaniels initially summoned O’Connell as the replacement, the coach changed course when Garoppolo missed another game and started Hoyer. The former McDaniels Patriots charge was ineffective in an ugly loss to the Bears, though he did replace Garoppolo the previous week and help the Raiders hold off the Patriots. Hoyer did not play again after the Raiders’ 30-12 loss to the Bears.

The Raiders guaranteed most of Hoyer’s two-year, $4.5MM contract; that will bring some dead money for the now-Antonio Pierce-led team. Las Vegas will take on $2.6MM in dead cap due to the Hoyer release. This could conceivably wrap a long-running career for Hoyer, who served as the starter for the Browns and Texans during a productive mid-2010s stretch. For the most part, Hoyer has been a backup during his career.

Prior to coming to the Raiders, the Cleveland-area native missed much of the 2022 season due to a concussion. Hoyer also was part of the Bill Belichick-Mac Jones back-and-forth that year, expressing frustration at the team’s widely panned decision to give Matt Patricia play-calling duties. At 38, Hoyer is the second-oldest active quarterback; only Aaron Rodgers (40) is older. Hoyer has been in the NFL since coming into the league as a 2009 UDFA.

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