The Browns have agreed to a two-year deal with former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.
Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com first reported the deal tonight.
The Cardinals cut Hoyer on Monday. He will now enter the mix of quarterbacks with his hometown team as Brandon Weeden, 29, fights to retain his starting job and veteran Jason Campbell, 31, pushes. Hoyer’s arrival means third-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, 25, could be on his way out of Cleveland.
Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, has been in the NFL for four seasons but has only one career start on his resume. In his lone start, Hoyer, 27, completed 19-of-34 passes (55.9 percent) for 225 yards and one touchdown with an interception in the Cardinals’ 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17 last season.
In 2009, Hoyer signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted rookie from Michigan State and served as Tom Brady’s backup for three seasons. After the Patriots cut him last year, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was eventually released Dec. 8. The Cardinals claimed Hoyer off waivers and signed him to a second-round tender as a restricted free agent in March before releasing him this week.