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Patriots’ Brian Hoyer will compete to be starter to replace Tom Brady

Brian Hoyer, Patriots

The New England Patriots are bringing veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer back into the fold, and the 34-year-old is going to compete for the starting job after the departure of Tom Brady.

Hoyer’s agent, Joe Linta, told ProFootballTalk that the Patriots offered Hoyer the opportunity to win the starting gig. This is why the veteran turned down more money elsewhere. His Patriots deal is for one season and $2 million in guaranteed money, with New England and the Indianapolis Colts both paying him.

As of right now, Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler are the other two quarterbacks in New England. The Patriots could still look to bring in more competition for the starting spot. It’s a whole new era for Bill Belichick’s squad after Tom Brady moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Hoyer began his NFL career with the Patriots after going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. He spent his first three seasons in New England, only throwing 43 passes over that span.

Hoyer then bounced around between the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers before he returned to the Patriots in 2017. He finished out the season there and also spent the 2018 season with New England.

The veteran then moved on to the Colts last season. Hoyer appeared in four games in 2019 and started one of them, completing 35 of 65 pass attempts for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He lost the one game he started for Indy.