Houston Texans, Brian Hoyer Agree To Two-Year, $10.5 M Deal
The Houston Texan secured their quarterback position on Wednesday by officially agreeing to a two-year, $10.5 million deal with free agent Brian Hoyer. The former Cleveland Brown quarterback is guaranteed to be paid $4.75 million once he signs the contract.
Hoyer was an undrafted rookie quarterback out of Michigan State back in 2009. He spent his first three seasons as a back-up behind legendary quarterback Tom Brady in New England. His quarterback coach turned offensive coordinator was Bill O’Brien, the current head coach of the Houston Texans.
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After a one year stop in Arizona, the 29-year old Hoyer spent the last two seasons in Cleveland. The native of North Olmsted, Ohio was unable to find a home with the Browns, eventually losing his starting job last season to first-round rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Hoyer threw for 3,326 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games for Cleveland last season. But his 55.3% completion percentage was among the worst in the NFL in 2014.
It is expected Hoyer will compete with newly re-signed quarterback Ryan Mallett and second-year gunslinger Tom Savage for the starting role behind center in Houston this offseason.
The seventh-year veteran meet with the New York Jets on Monday about the possibility of joining their team instead of the Texans. But Hoyer ultimately to decided to choose Houston and O’Brien’s offensive scheme. And the Texans abruptly traded last year’s starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, to the Jets for a conditional seventh-round draft selection on Wednesday.