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Report: Brian Hoyer will sign with 49ers

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Word early on Wednesday was that quarterback Brian Hoyer is expected to pick his next team on Thursday, but it looks like his mind is already made up.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Hoyer will sign with the 49ers. The Jets were the other team believed to be pursuing Hoyer in the “legal tampering” window leading up to the Thursday afternoon start of the new league year.

The move will reunite Hoyer with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator for the Browns in 2014 when Hoyer made 13 starts at quarterback. Hoyer will likely be in good position to open the year as the starting quarterback in Santa Clara as well.

With Colin Kaepernick opting out of his deal, the team has no other quarterbacks under contract and are expected to add one during the draft. Hoyer fits the bill as a bridge quarterback who can run the offense until a younger player is ready to take over thanks to his experience in Shanahan’s offense and his spurts of solid play with the Bears and Texans over the last two seasons.

Hoyer’s presence on the 49ers roster would also seem to make it less likely that the 49ers are going to pursue a trade for Kirk Cousins, who has been linked to the team largely because of his own experience with Shanahan.

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42 Responses to “Report: Brian Hoyer will sign with 49ers”
  1. kwjsb says: Mar 8, 2017 3:08 PM

    Hoyer is just a bridge to when Cousins franchise tag expires

  2. audient says: Mar 8, 2017 3:08 PM

    Good move for everyone involved.

    Hoyer the Destroyer!

  3. kevinlawrencecantor says: Mar 8, 2017 3:08 PM

    San Francisco, be smart. Draft a QB in one of the later rounds, and take the best available player on the board at each of your spots.

    Do not break the bank for Kirk Cousins. You are not turning the ship around this season. Let Hoyer and the rookie selection duke it out for the job while you slowly assemble a respectable team.

  4. FrankRizzo says: Mar 8, 2017 3:10 PM

    Best QB they’ve had since John Brodie

  5. touchdownelvis says: Mar 8, 2017 3:10 PM

    Hoyer knows Brady. Hoyer doesn’t want to play Brady twice a year. Smart move, Hoyer.

  6. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Mar 8, 2017 3:11 PM

    I would have liked to see a Cutler cut and then 2017 Bears QB roster = Hoyer#1, Shaw#2, Barkley#3.

    Thanks Hoyer, good luck in San Fran!

  7. finsphan says: Mar 8, 2017 3:14 PM

    Better than what they’ve had over the past few years, could be worse. He’s a good QB and should be able to improve that offense. I would still draft Trubisky at 2 and let him develop behind Hoyer for a year or so.

  8. gocaps8 says: Mar 8, 2017 3:15 PM

    Thank God.

    Redskins Fans Everywhere

  9. NFLexpert says: Mar 8, 2017 3:15 PM

    So far, Niners not looking too stupid…but it’s early.

  10. The Dangerous Kitchen says: Mar 8, 2017 3:17 PM

    kwjsb says:
    Mar 8, 2017 3:08 PM
    Hoyer is just a bridge to when Cousins franchise tag expires


    Thats quite possible. Either way this was a good sensible move for the niners.

  11. billjoseph2014 says: Mar 8, 2017 3:19 PM

    Poor 49ers’ . . . . . Hoyer is a great short-pass QB. If they draft someone who is able to increase the YAC they might have made an improvement.

  12. QB Film Room says: Mar 8, 2017 3:20 PM

    Shanny loves Ryan and Hoyer

  13. QB Film Room says: Mar 8, 2017 3:20 PM

    Hoyer = Montana Esque

  14. alphabeta49er says: Mar 8, 2017 3:21 PM

    I like it. Run this guy out there while the rookie sits.

    Even better is the additions by subtraction this past week.

  15. concmike says: Mar 8, 2017 3:24 PM

    The Seattle Seahawk’s 12th man just jumped for joy, another NFC West Banner is ours in 2017…..The Arizona Cardinals fans just went crazy, let’s keep playing hard guys the NFC West Banner is in sight…..The three LA Rams fans are just hoping they can finish second to last again in their division…..49ers fans are still waiting for the second pick in the draft cause the bridge quarterback they just got, well, 2017 will be his 9th year in the NFL with his 6th team, and he has only thrown 1,200 passes in his career so he is well rested… we got that going for us…..yeah!!!!!

  16. oswizard says: Mar 8, 2017 3:25 PM

    Cousins is not going to end up with the Niners unless they give up 2 #1 picks. The Sanahan offense can hit the ground running 1 week from now! They can get their man to lead now!
    Kirk wants a big contract commitment and a great offense to run. Other teams will try to sway him to lead their franchise because he is much better than anyone else available and he is proven. Niners will lose him if they don’t make the trade. It could end up being 3 years before they find someone.

  17. bassplucker says: Mar 8, 2017 3:28 PM

    Curious who will be more distraught… Niners fans on this news, or Bears fans when word comes down that their new QB is Mike Glennon. I can guarantee Hoyer came cheaper.

  18. bert1913 says: Mar 8, 2017 3:29 PM

    santa clara will be drafting high in the up coming drafts for a long time

  19. jjackwagon says: Mar 8, 2017 3:33 PM

    Hoyer knows Shanny…Shanny knows Hoyer, so they both know what they have gotten themselves into. Will be surprised if he is the opening day starter.

  20. iamfakejesus says: Mar 8, 2017 3:36 PM

    It was Hoyer or Schaub I believe as a bridge. I def see 49ers still taking a qb in the draft, outside of the first. Waiting for Cousins next year.

    I like this as a 49ers faithful. its not gonna turn around in 1 offseason. But this is already better than Baalke

  21. 6ball says: Mar 8, 2017 3:37 PM

    Last season the 49ers spent nothing in free agency, even though their roster was a shambles.

  22. seabrawk12 says: Mar 8, 2017 3:39 PM


    -Montgomery Burns voice

  23. hawkstradamus says: Mar 8, 2017 3:40 PM

    Won’t change a thing, Seahawks destroyed this so-called franchise and their fake fans years ago.

  24. themanasutra says: Mar 8, 2017 3:41 PM

    Solid move for transitional phase and not hitching the wagon to Cousins for a king’s ransom.

  25. thenoblebard93 says: Mar 8, 2017 3:45 PM

    As much as I want to see Cousins in a 49ers uniform, I know that i’ll be grateful long term if we get him next year without sacrificing 1st round draft picks.

    Without SF as a trade partner, the Redskins are toast:

    – No way they tag cousins next year
    – No way they beat SF in a bidding war next year.

  26. tacomatiger says: Mar 8, 2017 3:47 PM

    Quite the “team” gm Lynch is building down there..

  27. jjfootball says: Mar 8, 2017 3:58 PM

    2-14 or worse again, this season for the forty-niners nothing has changed.

  28. pantherpro says: Mar 8, 2017 4:03 PM

    Dear Seagag and Vegas Raiders…… The Niners are officially back!


  29. mikejune says: Mar 8, 2017 4:04 PM

    Jets fans rejoice!

  30. themanasutra says: Mar 8, 2017 4:05 PM

    hawkstradamus says:
    Mar 8, 2017 3:40 PM
    Won’t change a thing, Seahawks destroyed this so-called franchise and their fake fans years ago.

    C’mon guy, you really want to talk about fake fans after stealing the 12th man from A&M? Enjoy the top while it lasts..

  31. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 8, 2017 4:08 PM

    Santa Clara, CA or East Rutherford, New Jersey… pretty easy choice really.

  32. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 8, 2017 4:08 PM

    The short, bald guy is 5 years older than Gabbert and has fewer NFL starts. His “big year” with Shanahan in Cleveland produced a 55% completion rate and a 76 passer rating with more interceptions than touchdowns. WTF?

  33. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 8, 2017 4:13 PM

    The Browns don’t need a time machine to see what Garoppolo would look like in Cleveland. Just look at all the QBs that Belichick cast off including Hoyer.

  34. collectordude says: Mar 8, 2017 4:32 PM

    Better than kaepernick at least.

  35. hawkwind8 says: Mar 8, 2017 4:40 PM

    KWJSB, Yep, the final touch to the screw job on the Skins!

  36. aiiyiiyiii says: Mar 8, 2017 5:14 PM

    Hoyer’s most special moment had to be the wildcard game a year ago, where Hoyer powered Houston to a 30-0 blowout of Kansas City.

    Ha ha, just kidding, it was the other way around. Hoyer took 3 sacks, threw 4 INTs, and lost a fumble.

    There’s no way this should prevent the Niners from pursuing Cousins or Garoppolo. Hoyer is hardly even a placeholder.

  37. pau49ers says: Mar 8, 2017 5:39 PM

    I don’t think Cousins end up on the Niners now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they spent their 2nd pick on a qb to develop. Kyle and Lynch aren’t big on this class of qb’s at the top. I don’t really see Trubisky as much better than Mahomes. Watson has intangibles.

  38. yearofthebrian says: Mar 8, 2017 5:47 PM

    Love this signing. I also love seeing the Seahawks fanboys reply to everything the 49ers do. Why don’t you guys go figure out a way to put together a decent o-line

  39. baronvonheil says: Mar 8, 2017 5:48 PM

    We don’t know the $ yet. May be backup money, this settles nothing.

  40. howiehandles says: Mar 8, 2017 5:54 PM

    Nice move by the new bloods in SF. Would have like to have kept Hoyer in Chicago to transition their newly drafted QB.

  41. abninf says: Mar 8, 2017 5:55 PM

    Just your typical journeyman quarterback.

  42. kamthechancellor says: Mar 8, 2017 6:14 PM

    Save this comment section for week 7 next season. Lots of kool-aid drinking going on.

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