The New York Jets are still locked in a stalemate with their quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. And as the NY drama continues, the Jets are going for a backup plan and rumors are swirling around the league that Brain Hoyer’s Tuesday visit is going to play a key role.
Fox Sports reported that according to multiple sources Brian Hoyer is visiting the Jets after he was released by the Houston Texans over the weekend. The Texans snag Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos via free agency. The Texans promised Osweiler a starting position that led the team to release Hoyer in the process.
Brian Hoyer will begin his visit with the Jets today.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 19, 2016
Ex-Texans QB Brian Hoyer is set to travel to NJ shortly to visit the Jets. (@JasonLaCanfora 1st reported)
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 19, 2016
Free agent QB Brian Hoyer is visiting the #Jets today, source said… As long as the Houston weather cooperates
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 19, 2016
Brian Hoyer visiting the Jets today, per source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 19, 2016
The visit could be the breakthrough that the Jets are looking for since Fitzpatrick refuses to give in and take a lesser pay than what he is asking. If things work out well with the Jets and Hoyer, Fitzpatrick might end up on the losing end and other teams are not so keen on negotiating with a player who demands so much. Aside from the Jets, Fitzpatrick has once gotten the attention of the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns.
The 30-year old Hoyer was not selected during the 2009 NFL Draft rather he immediately signed up with the New England Patriots after the draft. Hoyer debuted in the Patriots’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, completing 11 of 19 passes for 112 yards.
In the preseason finale against the New York Giants, Hoyer played at quarterback the entire game, leading the team on a comeback after trailing 21–0 in the first quarter to a 38–27 win, completing 18 of 25 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.
He would go on to play with the Patriots until 2012 when he was released by the team and by November he was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers until he was released anew by Dec.8. He was claimed on waivers by the Arizona Cardinals and after which joined the Cleveland Browns before signing up with the Texans.
Fitzpatrick has to make up his mind pretty soon if he wants to stay employed or else Hoyer might rip clear his contract and even his place inside the locker room of the Jets.
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