Texans releasing Brian Hoyer

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The Texans signed a new starting quarterback this offseason in Brock Osweiler and they have Brandon Weeden and Tom Savage in reserve, which doesn’t leave much space for Brian Hoyer on the depth chart.

As a result, Hoyer won’t be on the depth chart much longer. According to multiple reports, the Texans are releasing Hoyer ahead of the start of their offseason program on Monday.

Hoyer started nine games for the Texans last season, missing time when he was benched in favor of Ryan Mallett early in the season and when he suffered a concussion later in the year. He returned for the final game of the regular season and the team’s playoff game against Kansas City, but went 15-of-34 and threw four interceptions in a 30-0 loss that likely upped the urgency to find a new quarterback in Houston.

While Hoyer struggled in that outing, he should generate interest in a market short on quarterbacks with starting experience. The Broncos and Jets, neither of whom have settled on a starter, could be among the teams interested in his services although a spot as a backup might be a more likely next step for Hoyer.

62 responses to “Texans releasing Brian Hoyer

  1. Finally, the Jets have upside negotiating with Fitz now, plus draft upcoming very soon.

    Its either Fitz to wake up soon and sign with Jets asap, or he gonna lose his starting job waiting for him.

    I don’t think there any team but Jets that has starting job ready for him.

  2. This poor guy can’t catch a break. He’s decent, just not the starting quality QB everyone wants. He should go back to Cleveland. At least they appreciated him when he was healthy enough to start.

  3. He will sign with the Broncos, which will lead to a QB controversy/competition with Manziel as far as who gets the 2nd bedroom at Von Miller’s crib.

  4. Solid back up that might be able to rise to the occasion with the right squad. With the current state of quarterbacking in the league, barring major injury, he will be employed somewhere each season for several years to come.

  5. Kind of a no brainer when you think about it. In addition to not having the awkward locker situation of demoting a well liked guy to sit behind the new guy, Weeden and Savage together will make half of what Hoyer is due. He should land on his feet as a well paid back up somewhere

  6. How sad is the state on NFL QBs that THIS guy is still relevant enough to get PFT Headlines ???

    He was ALWAYS a backup QB/ 3rd stringer…

    Just because he was given starting jobs…

    Doesn’t make him a starter.

  7. This guy gives the Bengals a better shot at a postseason win than Dalton. What’s sad is Bengals’ fans know it.

  8. “This guy gives the Bengals a better shot at a postseason win than Dalton. What’s sad is Bengals’ fans know it.”
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    Actually what’s sad is someone who’s life is so empty they hate-troll the Bengals of all teams

  9. When Houston replaced Fitz with Hoyer last year I thought they’d be better. They weren’t – although the HC/Mallett situation had something to do with that.
    Jets with Gailey and Fitzpatrick are better than they’d be with Hoyer. And I can’t see Elway going with a guy that got his clock cleaned twice last year by KC.
    Maybe back with the Browns. He’ll definitely have a job somewhere.

  10. When betting on yourself goes wrong….

    Should’ve took the 19mil Cleveland was offering to you 2 years ago!…

  11. This league is not for the faint of heart – 32 teams and only 12 or so worthwhile quarterbacks…

    This league is not for the faint of heart: 32 teams and only 12 or so worthwhile quarterbacks…

  12. So on Monday, Hoyer will be sitting in his agent’s office, staring at the phone, waiting for Line 1 to light up….and staring….and staring….and looking at Line 2 waiting to see if it lights up….and staring … and staring…

  13. For those of you keeping track at home:

    224/369 (60.7%), 2,606 yards, 19 TDs, 7 INTs, 91.4 QB Rating in 11 games with only 1 good WR, no RBs, and a $5.25 million/year contract = cut by Texans

    170/275 (61.8%), 1,967 yards, 10 TDs, 6 INT, 86.4 QB Rating in 8 games with better WRs/RBs = Texans pay you $72 million to be the “franchise”

    Makes sense.

  14. There is no way a man with an ego that big could accept losing his job to some guy that played 8 games and got paid. Texans are still better without him.

  15. atntitan says:

    and there goes the best qb on their roster things r looking up in tennessee!

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    Uh huh, you keep telling yourself that. As a Tennessee Titan fan, it’s the only hope you have.

  16. Nearly got the lowly Brown to the playoffs, did get the lowly Texans to the playoffs, and out of a job.

    The NFL is a funny place.

  17. There’s a fit in Minnesota. Hoyer has his best success under Turner in Cleveland and Vikes need a back up. Anyone who watched Shawn ‘over the” Hill last season on the road against the Rams knows it.

    Not a starter IMO. Starters are either steady (like Bridgewater) or great (like Brady) and Hoyer is neither. He’s streaky. Those guys used to get more of a shot but not anymore. Good in a pinch.

  18. For those of you keeping track at home:

    224/369 (60.7%), 2,606 yards, 19 TDs, 7 INTs, 91.4 QB Rating in 11 games with only 1 good WR, no RBs, and a $5.25 million/year contract = cut by Texans

    170/275 (61.8%), 1,967 yards, 10 TDs, 6 INT, 86.4 QB Rating in 8 games with better WRs/RBs = Texans pay you $72 million to be the “franchise”

    Makes sense.

    Didn’t Hoyer have a 15.9 QB rating in the playoff game last yr? That’s why he is getting cut….

    You can’t be 15-34 0 TD with 4 int in a playoff game and expect to keep your job…..those numbers are worst than Tebow…..

  19. Too good to be a backup and not quite good enough to be a “franchise” or long term starter for a team. Thats not an easy career for him and Im pulling for the guy.

  20. Hoyer stinks!!!

    Why isn’t anyone complaining about his late release like Donte Whitner in Cleveland.

  21. vikingf0rlife says:
    Apr 17, 2016 8:41 PM
    The one and done Broncos will be all over this guy.

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    I’m sure the Vikings would take “one”. SMH

  22. vikingf0rlife says:
    Apr 17, 2016 8:41 PM
    The one and done Broncos will be all over this guy.

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    I guess if you consider winning a Super Bowl “one and done”.

    BTW Viking fanboi when was the last time your team even went to a Super Bowl?

  23. Lots of salty Broncos hate I see. I guess those mighty Eastern Seaboarders just can’t stand a team in the Mountain Time Zone as the best team in the best sport. There’s no reason the Broncos cannot repeat. Give Sanchez a chance. Then again, millennials don’t use their heads, all that matters are completely lame crying Jordan memes on Twitter.

  24. Not surprised. That was thee worst play off performance I’ve ever seen in my 35 years of watching football.

  25. Don’t like this move, Hoyer would have been a good backup. Maybe expensive but if anyone learned last year the importance of have good depth at QB Houston did. GL to him.

  26. Hoyer is like a cat. He has 9 lives and always seems to land on his feet/paws.

    He could back up Big Ben in Pittsburgh.

  27. simplegodfather says:
    Apr 17, 2016 5:54 PM
    Finally, the Jets have upside negotiating with Fitz now…
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    Seen quite a few suggest this on various posts, and garner lots of thumbs-up. But I just don’t get it – Hoyer might be an ok backup but he just ain’t as good as Fitz. So, unless you are in full rebuild/draft mode and effectively throwing the upcoming season, you don’t willingly downgrade at QB – not if the Pats are your primary opponent. So no, Hoyer is not an “upside” for the Jets but merely a possible emergency parachute if negotiations with Fitz go horribly wrong or someone else steals him.

  28. If there was ever a candidate for retiring early because of CTE concerns, this guy is it.

    Hasn’t he had about 20 concussions already?

  29. I thought BOB’s (Bill O’Brian’s) system turned mere men in to QB gods? The Texans are going to take that Hackenberg kid out of Penn State because he’s a stud in the making and they played together.

  30. all I know is that that last playoff game was one of the most horrible QB performances I have seen

    made Jake Delhomme & Ryan Lindley look like all stars

  31. Lions re-sign Orlovsky before free agency… Hoyer would’ve represented an upgraded backup to Stafford. Everyone knew he was getting cut when they signed Brock, and as an MSU alum, it might be attractive for him to come back to Michigan for a reasonable salary.

    Maybe I just hate Orlovsky for that terrible moment in the 0-16 season where he ran out of the back of the endzone… or maybe it’s because he’s terrible…

    Hope he can find a home somewhere. He struggled last year but showed signs of talent in the past.

  32. I see washington, minnesota, new england or dallas competing for the # 2 or # 3 spot.

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