Several NFL insiders seemed to peg Houston as Brian Hoyer’s final destination when free agency officially opened today at 3 p.m. CDT but that wasn’t going to stop former Texans director of college scouting and current Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan from making a late push for a Geno Smith alternative.
Source: I’m told, if the price is right the #Jets are interested Brian Hoyer, but they're not going out of (cont) http://t.co/xc8CuqYSTC— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 10, 2015
In the end, however, Hoyer chose to battle it out with the (relatively) unproven Ryan Mallett in an offense he is already familiar with rather than try to get involved with the perennial quarterback circus in the Big Apple.
It now can be said from me and @adamschefter: QB Brian Hoyer will sign with the #Texans. Expected to happen with next 24 hours.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 10, 2015
Jets were insistent on getting their shot to discuss potential of signing Hoyer.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 10, 2015
Had several conversations over last 24 hours, but didn't trend toward getting a deal done. Bill O'Brien's relationship certainly a factor.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 10, 2015
O'Brien has always been a big supporter of Hoyer's. Now Hoyer will compete against Ryan Mallett for starting job. Contract to be worked out.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 10, 2015
Though Mallett is likely to win the job in Houston, a team could certainly do a lot worse for a backup quarterback than Brian Hoyer. I approve of this signing, for whatever menial amount that is worth.
What do you think, BRB? Are you down with Hoyer the Destroyer coming to Houston?
UPDATE (03/10/15): Although Hoyer's agent says his client has not yet decided where to sign, a bit of speculation about the terms of Hoyer's potential contract with the Texans:
Look for Brian Hoyer's deal with Houston to be in the top range for a quality back-up/bridge QB (upwards of $6M a season)— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 10, 2015