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Cardinals waive Brian Hoyer

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The second-round restricted free agent tender has turned into a kiss of death for quarterback Brian Hoyer.

He got one from the Patriots in 2012 and then wound up getting cut by the team before the start of the season. Hoyer bounced from the Steelers to the Cardinals, who gave him the same second-round tender as a restricted free agent this year.

And now he’s looking for work again. Adam Caplan of reports that the Cardinals have placed Hoyer on waivers.

The move doesn’t come as a big surprise. The Cardinals were reportedly shopping Hoyer for a trade during the draft since the acquisitions of Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton meant Hoyer was going to be the third-string quarterback if he wound up on the roster in Arizona at all. With 2012 sixth-rounder Ryan Lindley on the roster, the Cardinals didn’t need to pay Hoyer $2.023 million to play that role.

Hoyer will now look for a team interested in bolstering their depth chart at quarterback. The best guess is that his salary will ensure he clears waivers, although we for sure until the Cardinals make the move official and Hoyer’s name is forwarded to the other 31 teams. There’s not much else on the market at this point in the offseason, which means Hoyer should be high on a list that also includes Tyler Thigpen and Tim Tebow.

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9 Responses to “Cardinals waive Brian Hoyer”
  1. djjackson81 says: May 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    So what does this mean if a team claims him AZ is relieved of the 2 million? If not he is a FA and AZ is clear of the cap hit?

  2. bettis3636 says: May 13, 2013 2:23 PM

    Arizona screwed this kid! They tendered him to play keep away from Pittsburgh and now that Pitt drafted and signed backup QB’s they drop him… low blow AZ!!

  3. mactimo says: May 13, 2013 2:52 PM

    Stop already!!! Tim Tebow will never take another snap in the league, he’s horrible! Everyone knows it except for the media

  4. nflwatcher says: May 13, 2013 3:04 PM

    IMO the only reason Cardinals signed Hoyer was they felt they could extort a draft pick from the Patriots who wanted to move backup QB Ryan Mallet in the 2013 draft.

  5. underdog518 says: May 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    “So what does this mean if a team claims him AZ is relieved of the 2 million? If not he is a FA and AZ is clear of the cap hit?”

    It’s off AZ’s books either way.

    And the reason they tendered Hoyer wasn’t to trade him to NE…it was because he was an insurance policy if they couldn’t sign anyone else in FA.

  6. mikemyditka says: May 13, 2013 7:08 PM

    I wouldnt be surprised if he ended up in Cleveland- Lombardi is on record as being a fan of his previously, and its not like Weeden has the job locked down or anything…

  7. surfinbird1 says: May 13, 2013 7:22 PM

    This kid deserves better.

  8. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 13, 2013 8:19 PM

    Houston could us a backup, good coaching! Just saying!

  9. shorttracknews says: May 13, 2013 11:26 PM

    He could end up in Chicago

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