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Report: Hoyer, Texans will split

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The Texans and quarterback Brian Hoyer plan to part ways, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night.

That’s no surprise given the way last season ended and that the Texans spent big money on Brock Osweiler to become their starting quarterback earlier this month. Rapoport’s report didn’t specify if a release was imminent or if the Texans would try to trade Hoyer.

Hoyer is due to make $4 million in 2016 and be a free agent in 2017. Hoyer made nine starts for the Texans in 2015 after signing last March. The Texans won the AFC South but Hoyer was picked off four times in a 30-0 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

The pool of available quarterbacks is thin. If the 49ers keep Colin Kaepernick, the Broncos would essentially be down to free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, Browns quarterback Josh McCown and Hoyer as potential additions after they lost Osweiler.

McCown is under contract for two more seasons at around $4 million per year but could be traded after the Browns signed Robert Griffin III last week.

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  1. ariani1985 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:18 PM

    Packers will be crying for him by week 3!

  2. brianav036 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:28 PM

    I wonder if Kubiak and Elway will take a flyer on this guy. He might do OK in the right conservative run oriented offense.

  3. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 29, 2016 8:29 PM

    If I were the Broncos, I’d consider T-Jack over Hoyer or McCown.

  4. wanger1 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:34 PM

    Surprised that the Texans waited so long. They should’ve cut him after his first INT in the playoff game. He stinks and shouldn’t even be a QB2

  5. jeremysirio says: Mar 29, 2016 8:40 PM

    brianav036 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 8:28 PM

    I wonder if Kubiak and Elway will take a flyer on this guy. He might do OK in the right conservative run oriented offense.

    They’d really be asking a lot from their defense. Teams will just stack 8 in the box and force Hoyer to throw. Denver would have to continuously win in spite of him rather than because of him.

  6. xavier179 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:42 PM

    Okay Elway it’s up to you. Too bad that the NFL and most of its fans consider you a fool for mishandling that quarterback situation in Denver.

  7. jvw1982 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:53 PM

    The Broncos don’t care they just won a SB with their defense, all the money is on the D side of the ball, they will draft a project and have him ready in 3 yrs…If they wanted a QB they would have paid the one they had, this is all show on their part…makes the fans think they are trying to do something….

  8. rajbais says: Mar 29, 2016 8:56 PM

    For a quarterback that plays better than a bust (or Johnny Manziel), he gets crushed too much.

    I don’t think one game or the post 6-3 Browns stretch should define your legacy when there are other players that played worse.

    I hope he lands someplace close to home, Cleveland, and isn’t forced to move again. After all, it’s better to sign him than sign the worst off-season acquisition of the year, Matt Schaub to the Falcons.

  9. chawk12thman says: Mar 29, 2016 8:57 PM

    Some teams seem to be holding tight on their #2 & #3 QBs and that perhaps is due to their not being sure of their #1s? $4M for a back up is not bad, even if the QB is considered as a flop. Options are limited as not much upgrade potential out there.

    I am hopeful that Seattle gets T-Jack back on and that perhaps a 7th round or comp pick is used to get a developmental QB that could be a seriously good back up after T-Jack retires in a year or two.

  10. a1b24312 says: Mar 29, 2016 8:59 PM

    Philadelphia!

  11. thebiffer says: Mar 29, 2016 9:04 PM

    Not sure Elway is really a fool but we’ll soon find out next season if Brock is worth 18 million per season. In the meantime, Elway, the Broncos and their fans will bask in the shine the Lombardi Trophy gives off

  12. spiffybiff says: Mar 29, 2016 9:04 PM

    If there was ever a time to trade a guy like cutler this would be the time

  13. joyjoyjoy blog joyscience blog says: Mar 29, 2016 9:09 PM

    Sometimes Brian has difficulty remembering exactly what team he is with at the current time.

    “What happened to that little grocery store around the corner, babe?’

    “That was in Cleveland, dear…”.

  14. jason9696 says: Mar 29, 2016 9:18 PM

    Brian Hoyer will lucky to play another down in the NFL after the playoff loss to the Chiefs. That was an embarrassing performance.

  15. hickmanii says: Mar 29, 2016 9:56 PM

    Come home to cleveland !!!!

  16. fordmandalay says: Mar 29, 2016 9:59 PM

    So will this be his 7th team in 8 years, or 8th team in 9 years? He’s proven he can’t play and yet some dumb team will think maybe he can give them something. Turrabull.

  17. ebdug says: Mar 29, 2016 10:20 PM

    Texans coach O’Brian won the toss in that KC game and elected to kickoff. 13 seconds later it was 7-0 Chiefs. At halftime the Texans received and moved the ball to KCs 40, O’Brian punted on 4th and 2.

    If O’Brian has people believing that home playoff loss was Hoyer’s fault he should have been named Coach of the Year.

  18. intrafinesse says: Mar 29, 2016 10:20 PM

    How did Elway mishandle the QB situation? By not grossly overpaying Osweiller 18MM/year based on 7 ok games?

    >>xavier179 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 8:42 PM
    Okay Elway it’s up to you. Too bad that the NFL and most of its fans consider you a fool for mishandling that quarterback situation in Denver.

  19. tovar176 says: Mar 29, 2016 10:25 PM

    The Cleveland Browns of the South…

  20. cjweber5187 says: Mar 29, 2016 10:27 PM

    brianav036 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 8:28 PM
    I wonder if Kubiak and Elway will take a flyer on this guy. He might do OK in the right conservative run oriented offense.

    Hoyer didn’t do much in Houston and they had the a run-first scheme and 3rd ranked Defense. Hoyer needs the NFL equivalent of Matt Leinarts offense at USC in 2005 if he’s going to succeed.

  21. texansdude says: Mar 29, 2016 10:55 PM

    Clearly, I am the first Texans fan to comment. Good riddance. I felt more confident watching Yates and Weeden running the offense. Too bad Tom Savage didn’t get his chance last season.

  22. Brown Anchor says: Mar 29, 2016 11:17 PM

    I feel bad for this guy. When locked in he can actually play pretty well. However he is more consistent at playing inconsistent. He makes the dumbest decisions sometimes.

  23. oldcracker says: Mar 29, 2016 11:40 PM

    If the Browns are smart, they will keep McCown. He should start the season, and let Bob Griffin learn Hue Jackson’s scheme. Also, Bob tends to be a bit brittle, so keeping McCown makes sense. Let these old dogs take the beatings until Hue can develop whomever they draft. (Especially with our revamped O-line)

    See if the Broncos have any interest in Austin Davis, Connor Shaw, or whomever else the Browns have in storage.

    Of course, our Harvard lawyers + MLB PC guy, “Haslam’s Braintrust,” must have a plan.

  24. baldbuc says: Mar 30, 2016 12:00 AM

    Not a Hoyer fan however he is a serviceable backup if you have a solid starter. Probably above average coming off the bench in that respect. His meltdowns tend to occur when he has the pressure of being the starter.

    As a Bucs fan I wouldn’t mind trading Glennon to a team that needs a starter since he is walking after next season anyway. Get what we can for him now and bring in someone like Hoyer for an emergency in case Winston goes down.

  25. captainwhodat says: Mar 30, 2016 12:23 AM

    probably is still better than any qb on the Brown’s roster…

  26. steve3211 says: Mar 30, 2016 12:54 AM

    I just find it amazing that all these retreads go round and round. How good a job can these nfl scouts be doing. Every year there are some 750 odd D1, D2 and yes D3 qb’s graduating and you are telling me they can’t find quarterbacks. BS. They are failing themselves and many young qb’s out there who are being overlooked. If I am a gm or coach I bring as many as I can to training camp. Without question you will uncover a hidden gem and I would do this every year until I did find him.

  27. artworkworld says: Mar 30, 2016 1:43 AM

    For that price, they should keep him as a backup. Who will they get who will be better? He might not like it, but he is under contract & 4 million soothes hurt feelings. Osweiller has never played a full NFL season, so Hoyer could still end up with some starts.

  28. campcouch says: Mar 30, 2016 1:47 AM

    Something is up with this guy that teams have no issue with readily parting with him.

  29. pittsburghdamned says: Mar 30, 2016 1:50 AM

    Once a Brown; Always a Brown

    Hoyer the Destroyer !!!

  30. pondbridge says: Mar 30, 2016 3:51 AM

    Jets will try to sign him. If not, come back to Patriots Brian. You had some success at Cleveland in an impossible situation. Pats trade Garropolo for two 2’s as they won’t get the court-ordered return of draft picks that Goodell thieved until NEXT year’s draft, when the Criminal Commissioner is back to running Three Card Monte games on Madison Avenue.

  31. mjw9326mjw9326 says: Mar 30, 2016 7:17 AM

    Denver may as well take a flyer on him as they have nothing else. Fitzpatrick will always let you down at the end of the game by throwing picks at crucial times. He did it when he was in Buffalo and he did it again against them when he had a chance to clinch a playoff spot for the Jets.
    Kaepernick would cost too much money for the limited kills he seems to have and McGown is pretty much a backup guy.
    I rather doubt the Broncos will be a contender next year anyway. They may as well pick a guy, develop him for a couple of years and let Hoyer babysit in the meantime.

  32. rutherforddabrave says: Mar 30, 2016 7:31 AM

    I like Hoyer – he seems like a tough guy with enough grit to make it….I just wonder if he has enough talent.

  33. tedmurph says: Mar 30, 2016 8:09 AM

    Let’s face it, after a long back and forth, Fitzpatrick is going to back the Jets. As far as Denver goes, I’m not sure McCown or Hoyer is much of an upgrade over Sanchez. I don’t think Hoyer gets a starting job anywhere. If that’s the case, I’d love to see the Pats get a mid to high 2nd for Garappolo, resign Hoyer as a backup, and draft a QB. Brady isn’t going anywhere for at least a couple years.

  34. mototax says: Mar 30, 2016 9:23 AM

    Hoyer is a bad version of Farve. You see quality QB play for a period of time and then out of nowhere he throws picks all over the place. Too bad! He’s smart guy who could be good if it weren’t for the brain farts.

  35. erianapolis says: Mar 30, 2016 12:23 PM

    Pondbridge and tedmurph are on to something. Hoyer may thrive in a stable organization that clearly defines his role and the team’s expectations and that will enable him to step up when the aging starter is injured or is faltering.

  36. chairman291 says: Mar 30, 2016 12:40 PM

    Who is coach O’Brian? How can you make critical remark about a coach if you don’t even know his name. Bill O’Brien. Oh and the critical remarks about John Elway. John Elway has been personally involved in 7 superbowl 5 as a player and 2 as a general manager. I think he might know what he’s doing.

  37. mrfrostyj says: Mar 30, 2016 3:33 PM

    Hoyer is a huge question mark. Half the comments say he’s great, half the comments say he’s bad and both are 100% correct. The guy has played for 5 teams in his NFL career. Was ok for two of them (Cardinals/Steelers) stunk for 1 (Texans) and was the second coming of Tom Brady for two of them (Browns/Patriots). If there was ever a definition of a “system QB” It’s Hoyer.

  38. dreadnok89 says: Mar 30, 2016 7:34 PM

    By this way of thinking, carson palmer, cam newton should also be cut

  39. steves11 says: Mar 31, 2016 10:31 AM

    If the Broncos get desperate enough they could always pay Peyton Manning $20 million or so to unretire and play another year.

  40. hollymolley says: Apr 4, 2016 7:05 AM

    It’s not all about “now” but also the future. Have a good look at Chris Hackenberg, This kid has a future in the NFL ….

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