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Pats sign Hoyer to back up Brady

Pats sign Hoyer to back up Brady

Belichick wouldn't address how the team intends to fill the backup role, but the 49ers cut former Pats backup Brian Hoyer after the trade and New England may look to sign him.

Hoyer, 32, spent the first three seasons of his National Football League career with the Pats from 2009 to 2011 after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State. Hoyer now returns to back up a quarterback in Brady that has been one of the most durable signal callers in the league during his career.

The Patriots have made their choice between Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.

Hoyer went 119-for-205 for 1,245 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in six games this season.

The deal was originally thought to be a possibility after the Patriots traded their own backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a 2018 second-round pick, with Schefter reporting that the 49ers meant to release Hoyer after that deal. None of those players played quite as well as they did with New England. "But I don't expect that to take forever".

In that time, he has started 37 times and has a 16-21 record. With few free-agent options available, it's intriguing to wonder whether the Patriots would consider pursuing Colin Kaepernick, given that Kaepernick has performed well against them in the past.