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Rick Smith: Texans could have gotten a pick for Hoyer

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Did the Houston Texans do Brian Hoyer a favor by setting him free prior to the 2016 NFL Draft?

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Although general manager Rick Smith was unable to find a trade partner for Hoyer after signing Brock Osweiler in March, he believes he could have extracted a modicum of value out of the journeyman quarterback had he held off on the release through next weekend.

"I think I probably could have gotten a pick, honestly," Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle. "In fairness to him, we just thought, and this was an organizational decision, we have multiple conversations about it.

"While there might have been some value there for us organizationally, it just felt like it was the right time to do it. Not just for him, but for us as well. It was the right time for us organizationally and so we made the move."

It was abundantly clear that Hoyer was no longer in Houston's plans following the acquisition of Osweiler as the new face of the offense.

The timing of the release allowed Hoyer to shop his services to quarterback-needy teams such as the Broncos and Jets prior to the draft.

Additionally, it leaves the Texans off the hook for any portion of Hoyer's salary that might have kicked in with an injury sustained during offseason practices.

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