Steelers wanted Hoyer to back up Ben

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Score one for Bruce Arians.

“Retired” in 2012 by the Steelers before becoming the offensive coordinator of the Colts and now the head coach of the Cardinals, the Cards scooped up and Arians squatted on quarterback Brian Hoyer after the Steelers cut him in December following a three-week cup of coffee.  According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers wanted to sign Hoyer to serve as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup in 2013.

Hoyer’s unemployment for most of 2012 prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March, allowing the Cardinals to extend a second-round tender to Hoyer as a restricted free agent.  Hoyer recently signed it.

The Steelers instead signed Pittsburgh native Bruce Gradkowski.

Of course, even if Hoyer would have been unrestricted, it doesn’t mean he would have picked the Steelers.  Some think the Browns wanted him — and that the Browns would have given him a chance to compete with Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy for the starting job.

23 responses to “Steelers wanted Hoyer to back up Ben

  1. Good luck with Gradkowski Squealers. Dude just loves to throw to his hot read first. He’s spent his entire career throwing the ball sideways.

  2. It’s like two hobos battling over road kill. Continues to show just how bad the QB situation is in the NFL.

  3. Baltimore played Steeler back-up Qb’s twice; lost once and could have lost the other.

  4. Good for Hoyer. Pats fans appreciated his efforts with the team, and will always be happy that he’s in the NFL and collecting a pay check. Like Matt Cassell, both were good back ups to Tom, who proved capable when they got a chance. The Cards are lucky to have him.

  5. What is Cleveland’s deal with weeden? Yea he’s 28 or so but the guy had a pretty solid rookie year with not much talent to throw to. I’m a ravens fan but I just really don’t get why they’d even consider McCoy or hoyer over weeden, makes no sence to me

  6. ghjjf says:
    Mar 23, 2013 7:46 PM
    The Steelers already have Batch as their backup, and probably will for another 10 years.

    no disrespect to Charlie Batch… but backup for another 10 years? i think he’d be about 50…

  7. How unfortunate for Hoyer who will now join Fitzgerald in watching any chance at a career circle the bowl in Arizona. Even as a backup to Big Ben Hoyer’s opportunities would have been better affiliated with a respected team than on the merry-go-round going nowhere.

  8. gonavybeatarmy says:
    Mar 23, 2013 8:29 PM
    Baltimore played Steeler back-up Qb’s twice; lost once and could have lost the other.

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    Mentioning baltimore is the go-to move for all steeler fans. Talk about taking a back seat. As the Ravens continue to improve the defense by cutting the fat, the offense has surpassed that of Big Ben and their non-existent running game. They’ll be lucky to go 8-8 again this year, expect much worse.

  9. ravenator says: Mar 23, 2013 9:28 PM

    gonavybeatarmy says:
    Mar 23, 2013 8:29 PM
    Baltimore played Steeler back-up Qb’s twice; lost once and could have lost the other.
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    Mentioning baltimore is the go-to move for all steeler fans. Talk about taking a back seat. As the Ravens continue to improve the defense by cutting the fat, the offense has surpassed that of Big Ben and their non-existent running game. They’ll be lucky to go 8-8 again this year, expect much worse.
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    In fairness Flacco is no better than a backup QB so the QB position was equal for those games. The outcome of those games was determined by the superiority of the Steelers at all the other positions.

    Given the mass exodus of the Ravens top talent, which is mediocre relative the the rest of the NFL, Baltimore will be lucky to get six wins. It starts with a loss on the road in the opening game. Get used to it for years to come.

  10. @ravenator
    90 % of the comments I see you post are only towards other fans who dislike baltimore or its something completely irrelevant to the article just to aggravate other teams fans. Grow up, and represent your team in a respectful manor instead giving all ravens fans a bad image with your arrogance and ignorance.

  11. ravenator is getting more delusional by the hour. Of course … starting all of last year’s benchwarmers will only improve the defense. Harbaugh didn’t play them last year so they could be fully rested for the 2013 season … BRILLIANT!

  12. @theylovetohateus88 same can be said for Mccoy; he never really had any talent around him and was supposed to take more time to develop rather than being thrown in there so quickly.

  13. @ravenator
    Why don’t you take your redundant 8-8 coments back to your gutted team and don’t worry about ours? We will be just fine.

  14. Steelers want/wanted alot of things (players) this offseason that they just aren’t getting.

    I get so tired of douche Pit fans saying players will do whatever to play there, not looking that way this year.

  15. Going to Arizona where even the janitor gets a chance to start at QB, Cleveland where if the QB hasn’t won the Super Bowl by week six they’re chanting for the backup, or Pittsburgh to sit on the bench behind a $20 million per year franchise quarterback who does get injured but plays anyway. That’s a pretty clear choice. He’s already done the guaranteed backup thing for Brady, the kid deserves a chance to play.

    I’m actually psyched about bringing in the Polish Hammer. His mechanics are a bit unorthodox but if you need a guy to be ready to win one or two, he can pull a couple out of his hat.

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