In the wake of the seismic changes in their quarterback room, the New England Patriots have turned to a familiar face.
Hoyer, who last played for the Pats in 2018, is nearing a return to the organization, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday. The terms have not yet been disclosed but Rapoport added that it would be a one-year deal.
Jim McBride of the Boston Globe first reported the news.
He will receive roughly $1 million from New England, $1 million from the Colts that was already guaranteed before they released him and $2 million more available in incentives, Rapoport later reported.
"If someone offered him $5 million or $6 million to be backup, Brian still would've wanted to be back in New England," his agent told Rapoport. "They gave him a chance to compete for the starting job and that's all he asked for."
Brady's departure to sunny Tampa, Florida has left the position -- and the organization -- in a state of flux as they search for a new identity for the first time in 20 years.
Hoyer's arrival by no means tips Bill Belichick's hand but it is an interesting move to bring back a guy who is already familiar with the system. Still, the team could look to the draft or a number of available, former QB1s looking for new homes (Andy Dalton? Cam Newton? Jameis Winston?) to fill the starting role. Though, Winston is reportedly unlikely to be a target.
He appeared in 13 games, in relief of Brady, during his first stint (2009-11) and completed 27 of his 43 attempts for 286 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His last run, which lasted 10 combined games from 2017-18, saw him account for just 49 yards (5-of-7).