Patriots sign Brian Hoyer for a third-time

By Anthony Caruso III  | Publisher

The New England Patriots have signed free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer. He had agreed to a one-year deal with the team.

Financial terms were not disclosed. This is his third tenure with the Patriots.

Brian Hoyer celebrates with Stephen Gostkowski (Getty Images)

Hoyer did not last long on the open market. He was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday after they made their agreement with Philip Rivers official.

Presently, Hoyer is one of two veterans on the depth chart. He joins Cody Kessler on their off-season depth chart.

Second-year Jarrett Stidham is also on the depth chart. At this time, it is not clear if the Patriots will pursue another veteran or keep these three through training camp in July.

This likely means that a potential trade for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton or Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not happen now. The Patriots were linked to both players before this Hoyer signing.

For the first-time since the 1998 season, Tom Brady will not be on the Patriots roster. He was drafted by the team in the 1999 NFL Draft — and developed into a legend.

He took over the reigns on September 23, 2001 and the rest is history. He only missed significant time due to a 2008 torn ACL injury and his several game suspension, where Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo filled in as the starter, in 2016.

There’s a strong belief that the Patriots are passing the reigns to Stidham. The 23-year-old has seen limited experience as a rookie this past season.

He has appeared in three games. Stidham went 2 of 4 for 14-yards, while also throwing an interception.

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