NFL News: Browns sign Cleveland-native Brian Hoyer to two-year deal

The Cleveland Browns have reportedly inked a two-year contract with quarterback Brian Hoyer according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio.

Hoyer was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week, immediately leading to speculation that the Browns would attempt to scoop up the 27-year old due to a longstanding link between the player and Browns general manager Mike Lombardi. When Lombardi was a member of the media and Hoyer was a member of the New England Patriots, the newly hired executive consistently spoke highly of the Cleveland, Ohio native.

Graduating from St. Ignatius, Hoyer took his talents to Michigan State where he would then go undrafted in 2009. He has since had stints with the Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cardinals. Hoyer got the first start of his NFL career in a Week 17 loss to the 49ers last season. With Brandon Weeden all but locked in as the starter, e is expected to compete with Jason Campbell for the Browns’ backup job heading into Week 1. This signing will likely spell the end of Thaddeus Lewis, a holdover from the Pat Shurmur era in Cleveland.

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  • dwhit110

    We didn’t have to spend the 2nd round tender to sign him, correct?

  • Jaker

    Correct, he was released, making him an unrestricted free agent

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Let’s start the unreasonable belief that Hoyer is going to supplant Weeden as the starter immediately. Ready, go!

  • JK


  • JK

    I also here David Garrard is available.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Browns verse Jets in “Who wants to be a QB?”

  • khalid

    Now we just need to sign Tebow. No, seriously.

  • architrance


  • Tommy

    I am of the minority that thinks starting Tebow is a beautiful answer to a simple problem.

    Reason we should do it: I believe a Wishbone-like offense can work in the NFL with the right personnel group. (2010 Broncos) The personnel on that team wasn’t even optimized and they won a playoff game. What exactly do we have to lose? We have one of the best o-lines (depth aside) in football, Trent Richardson and an up and coming defense. At least if we ran the zone read option or what have you with Tebow our offense would DO something. That’s more than I can say about last year.

    Reasons it won’t happen: NFL GM’s are idiots that lack creativity and vision because they’re all afraid they’ll lose their jobs. The Browns currently believe in System over cohesion. Norv and Chud want to throw the ball, they’ll have Weeden chuckin’ 4 int’s a game.

    It’s sad. It’s stupid. This could really work and we would honestly (in my mind) have a couple winning seasons and maybe just MAYBE be able to attract free agents.

    /end rant

  • Tommy

    My bad ’11 Broncos*