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Cardinals willing to trade backup QB Brian Hoyer, Browns interested, NFL Network reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2013

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The Arizona Cardinals are open to trading backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, and the Browns are interested, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

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. 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. However, the Cardinals are willing to deal Hoyer, according to the report.

The Browns have Brandon Weeden penciled in as their starting quarterback. He'll be pushed by veteran Jason Campbell, who signed with the team March 26, and Thaddeus Lewis is third on the depth chart.

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