The Houston Texans formally ended the latest chapter of Brian Hoyer's NFL career earlier today. Thus far, the only reporter I've seen manage to get a statement from the quarterback is Mark Berman, which should surprise absolutely no one in the Houston market. Berman reports Hoyer had this to say after the Texans cut him:
"It's part of the business," Hoyer told FOX 26 on Sunday. "To be honest, I've just got to worry about my family and moving on to the next part."
If Hoyer didn't think his performance in the debacle that was Houston's playoff loss to the Chiefs sounded the death knell of his career in Houston, he surely understood the writing was on the wall after the team decided to pledge tens of millions of dollars to bring Brock Osweiler in to become the starting quarterback. Nevertheless, I try to remember that taking joy in someone losing his job is never a good look. To complicate matters further, remember that Hoyer may well be facing a very uncomfortable question as to whether it's even a good idea for him to continue playing football. Thus, I wish Hoyer the best if he looks to continue his career elsewhere. And make no mistake--Brian Hoyer has options.
Brian Hoyer, who's being released by Texans, won't have trouble finding a job.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 17, 2016
Brian Hoyer will have a handful of teams that will be interested. Steeler, Jets among those interested— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 17, 2016
With Hoyer's departure, the Texans now find themselves with more than $11,000,000.00 of cap space.
Texans save $5.015 million against the salary cap with release of Brian Hoyer, are now $11.451 million under salary-cap limit— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 17, 2016
While a sizable chunk of that cap space will be utilized in signing the players drafted by the Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft, there's enough room for the team to perhaps add a few veterans who are still looking for work. With the team's offseason workout program beginning tomorrow, it remains to be seen if the Texans make another move or two in short order.