The Texans have brought back Brandon Weeden as a backup after he stepped in and led the Texans to two wins late in the season.
The Texans fortified their quarterback depth Friday by re-signing Weeden to a two year, four million dollar deal. Weeden filled in for T.J. Yates in week 15 last season at Indianapolis and led them to the first road win over the Colts in franchise history with a late touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong to put the Texans ahead en route to a 16-10 victory. The next week Weeden scored three touchdown (two through the air, one on the ground) in Nashville as the Texans routed the Titans 34-6, his first win as a starter since 2012.
Weeden figures to be the number two quarterback in 2016 behind starter Brock Osweiler. Yates is a free agent and Tom Savage will likely be the third quarterback in a developmental capacity. The team also has B.J. Daniels as a fourth quarterback and gadget player.
This means that Yates almost assuredly won’t be back and that Brian Hoyer is basically guaranteed to be traded or released. Hoyer was brought in as the starter last offseason and had an up and down season. He had 19 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, but was benched in the season opener and lost his job to Ryan Mallett.
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Eventually he gained it back, had back to back three touchdown games against the Jaguars and Dolphins in October, but swooned again and threw four interceptions in the wild card loss to the Chiefs. His inconsistency and history of injuries will likely end his tenure in Houston after one year.
Weeden signed with Houston last year in November after Hoyer was injured and Mallett was released. He had a forgettable tenure in Cleveland after being drafted in the first round in 2012 with 23 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions in 23 games, with a 5-15 record in games he started, before being released after the 2013 season. He found his way to Dallas and things were not much better as he appeared in nine games, including an 0-4 record in games he started.