Patriots backup Brian Hoyer is the top quarterback available on the restricted free agent market. Restricted free agents, of course, don’t usually generate much action. Especially when teams extend them high tenders.
Per Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, the Patriots have placed a second-round tender on Hoyer. In other words, any team interested in signing Hoyer to an offer sheet would have to surrender a second-round pick to close the deal.
Hoyer probably isn’t going anywhere this year, but next offseason could be a different story. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
Hoyer, 26, hasn’t seen much regular season action during three years in the NFL, but he’s been impressive in exhibition games. In three career preseasons, Hoyer has completed 86-of-143 passes (60.1 percent) for 1,121 yards (7.84 YPA), five touchdowns, and one interception.
Keep Hoyer’s name in mind. He may be the Matt Flynn of 2013 free agency.