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Colts Sign Veteran QB Brian Hoyer to 3-year, $12M Deal

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The Colts have got their backup quarterback situation figured out in the form of Brian Hoyer. They signed him today to a 3-year deal worth $12M per Ian Rapoport.

Hoyer is a journeyman quarterback who was originally drafted by the Patriots. He has also spent time with the Steelers, Cardinals, Browns, Texans, Bears, and 49ers, and has started 37 games over his career. With Jacoby Brissett taking over the reins as the starter for the Colts, it was prudent for them to get a seasoned veteran in the room behind him to help add experience and assistance from the sideline. At 33, Hoyer fits the bill.

Hopefully, Hoyer can fill a similar role as Matt Hasselbeck did for Andrew Luck, providing knowledgeable veteran leadership and providing another set of eyes and encouragement during practice and games. While Hoyer doesn’t have Hasselbeck’s pedigree, he has proven himself good enough to stick in the league since 2009, and his addition is a substantial upgrade over Phillip Walker.

No one would be excited to see Hoyer need to take the field, but the Colts’ quarterback room is significantly stronger with his addition. The move does necessitate a few questions. With Hoyer signing a 3-year deal, is this the end of the Chad Kelly experience or will we see him signed to the practice squad? We will have to wait and see.

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