Brian Hoyer calls re-signing with Patriots a 'no-brainer'

Ryan Hannable
November 06, 2017 - 5:10 pm

FOXBORO -- After being released by the 49ers following the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo, veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer could have signed with any team, but despite interest from others he ultimately chose New England even though he stands little chance of playing with Tom Brady in front of him.

“I think for me, that was kind of the excitement of coming back home, and to be able to play behind Tom and be in this organization,” Hoyer said. “And I was OK with. I think for me, having played a lot, you’re always ready to play, but it wasn’t going to work out for me to be a starter there in San Francisco the rest of this year, anyways, and probably not for next year. So I think for me, when I had an opportunity to come here and be the backup to Tom and in this organization, it was kind of a no-brainer.”

Added Hoyer: “Obviously, there’s always options that you look through, but to me, an opportunity to come back and be with this organization, I didn’t really want to pass it up. And also, when you’ve moved around a lot, to move back to somewhere where you’ve lived before, especially for my wife and kids, there was a familiarity there, and I think that had a part to do with it, too.” 

Hoyer spent 2009-11 in New England after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He said it felt good returning to a familiar place.

“To be back in [the locker room], it’s kind of like walking into a time machine,” Hoyer said. “Not much has changed. Obviously, every year, there’s change in the NFL, some new faces. But it’s kind of cool to see some of the guys that I came in with are now the veteran leaders of this team. We’re the old guys.” 

The 32-year-old reportedly signed a three-year deal so the Patriots don't necessarily need to draft Tom Brady's potential successor in next year's draft.