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Indianapolis Colts talked to Patriots about Brian Hoyer trade

Brian Hoyer, Colts

Veteran NFL quarterback Brian Hoyer always seems to end up where it all began. Once again landing with the New England Patriots this offseason upon being released by the Indianapolis Colts, Hoyer was apparently almost traded before the AFC South franchise signed free agent signal caller Philip Rivers.

Coming as no surprise, the Colts were reportedly in Hoyer-related trade talks with none other than the Patriots, according to Stephen Holder of The Athletic:

“While it’s unclear how close this came to fruition, two league sources said the Colts and Patriots engaged in discussions last week about a potential deal for quarterback Brian Hoyer … Both clubs were reacting to quarterback moves earlier in the week. The Patriots were dealing with Tom Brady’s decision to leave as a free agent and needed quarterback depth. The Colts, after signing Philip Rivers, had a logjam at the position. This wasn’t a completely hypothetical conversation, either. Compensation was discussed. But in the end, the deal never materialized.”

With the Patriots eventually signing Hoyer — yet again — in the absence of current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, it appears as though the journeyman signal caller will compete against both Cody Kessler and Jarrett Stidham for the starting role in New England. Of course, the Patriots could also turn toward the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft in order to select another passer to take over the reins at some point.

Next season will mark Hoyer’s third stint in New England. He has also played for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals in addition to the Patriots and Colts.