New England Patriots

Dec 16, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) throws on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The Patriots have added a veteran voice to their quarterback room, signing quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Jim McBride of the Boston Globe was the first to report the news on Sunday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport later added it’s a one-year deal for the 34-year-old.

Hoyer was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, following the team signing Philip Rivers earlier in the week. He was due a $2 million roster bonus.

This will be Hoyer’s third stint in New England. He was signed as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2009 season, and served as Tom Brady’s backup for three years.

After spending time as a starter and backup jumping rosters around the league, he returned in 2017 after the Jimmy Garoppolo trade. He was released at the end of training camp before the 2019 season.

Hoyer joins Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler as the third quarterback on the Patriots roster. Given the names available and the team’s cap situation, it’s likely they’re done adding to the position outside of April’s draft.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Patriots will pay Hoyer $1.05 million in 2020.

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