Brian Hoyer is now a free agent. The former New England Patriots backup quarterback is free to choose where he goes next; likely in the same role as he had in Foxborough. It appears as if he already has a suitor, as the Indianapolis Colts are “very interested” in signing him, per ESPN's Dianna Russini.
The Colts are in desperate need of a backup quarterback after everyone bumped up a spot following Andrew Luck's retirement last Saturday. Former backup Jacoby Brissett is the starter; behind him, there is nobody else as Chad Kelly faces a two-game suspension and Phillip Walker was released.
After Thursday's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Frank Reich called the backup position “unsettled,” saying, per Colts.com:
“We’ve been doing work on that in evaluating Chad (Kelly) and (Phillip Walker), as well as evaluating all options, obviously, as you would expect. And that’ll play out over the next couple days.”
Reich's Colts have begun playing it out with Walker's release and the interest in Hoyer. But, they haven't stopped there. Early in the week, the team brought in Brock Osweiler. Both Hoyer and Osweiler were once starters from divisional rivals Houston Texans — neither panned out.
Hoyer lost his backup job to Tom Brady to rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Bill Belichick and Co. opted to rest Hoyer for the last two games of the preseason while Stidham saw increased snaps.
In two preseason games, he compiled 202 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 18-of-22 passing, and he finished the preseason with a 116.3 passer rating.