The Colts have signed former-Patriot quarterback Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million contract with $9 million guaranteed to be their backup. Following the news of Andrew Luck retiring, the Colts were in need of some quarterback depth. His retirement sprung Jacoby Brissett into being the starting quarterback. With Chad Kelly and Phillip Walker being the only other quarterbacks they were keeping on the roster, and them not having any great experience, they needed someone who could come in and play if Brissett doesn’t work out.
The Colts search for a quarterback had a strange list of possible players. They worked out Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassell, and Brock Osweiler. Three quarterbacks that I am sure any of their past team fanbases would say are not someone you would want to fill in if necessary. This led to the need for someone else to take this roster spot.
Hoyer had been with the Patriots the past season and a half, winning a Super Bowl with them last year. Most of his career has been as a solid backup, but when he has played, he has provided valuable starts. He went 3-0 and 7-6 with Cleveland and 5-4 with Houston, but 1-10 with San Francisco. However, his age and experience will be the most important for the team. In his career, he has 48 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and 9,902 passing yards in 65 appearances.
Hoyer won’t be the savior for the Colts season, but will definitely be a solid backup behind Brissett.