It appears that Brian Hoyer didn’t take long after the draft to decide where he’d want to play. According to sources including ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears have signed the veteran quarterback to a one-year deal.
Brian Hoyer is signing with Bears.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2016
Brian Hoyer To Sign 1-Year Deal with Chicago Bears
It is believed that the Bears were one of six teams that expressed interest in Hoyer. Hoyer played one season in Cleveland under Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.
Hoyer comes in to provide leadership and veteran mentorship to the team behind current starter Jay Cutler. The two other quarterbacks on Chicago’s depth chart, David Fales and Matt Blanchard, have yet to see regular season playing time. Since 2011, Cutler has missed 14 games due to injury.
With eight NFL seasons under his belt, Hoyer played in 11 regular season games for the Houston Texans last year. He passed for 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In the Texans’ playoff loss to Kansas City, however, Hoyer struggled with four interceptions and one lost fumble which ultimately led to his release.
The Bears will be the sixth team Hoyer has played for during his career. The Lakewood, OH native was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. In addition to the Texans, he has also spent time on the rosters of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns.