New England Patriots Links 4/10/12 - Brian Hoyer Happy to be Back; 9 Pats Free Agents Still Unsigned

Brian Hoyer was excited to volunteer at a school - and finish without any of the kids asking him about Tom Brady.

Shalise Manza Young reports Brian Hoyer is happy to be staying with the Patriots for another season.

"It’s exciting to be back and it’s behind me now and I’m back at the facility working out and getting ready to start back up officially [in the offseason program] next week,’’ Hoyer said. "I’m just excited to get back to work.’’

He said he didn’t worry too much about whether another team would come calling.

"I let my agent handle that, and I waited for him to tell me what was going on, and he said, ‘Go sign the tender.’ And I went and signed it,’’ Hoyer said. "It was good for me because I wanted to get back in the facility and start working out anyway.’’

CSNNE reports there are nine Patriots free agents that have yet to be signed by any team.

Here's the list, in no particular order: Andre Carter, Nate Jones, Shaun Ellis, Antwaun Molden, Kevin Faulk, Gary Guyton, James Ihedigbo, Dan Koppen, Gerard Warren

Mark Farinella notes the Patriots Hall of Fame Nominating Committee votes today for the three nominees to be the next member of the Hall.

Pssst! Troy Brown is eligible this year! You're all going to vote for him, so my job is done!

Anyway, we will go through the formalities Tuesday, somewhere within the Patriot Place compound. But I get the feeling that it's already a done deal, with Brown entering his first year of eligibility. Maybe I should also nominate Harpo Gladieux and Marty Moore just so we'll have a rounded-out ballot.

Online voting will start in May once Stacey James counts the ballots. Next year will be a lot more interesting, I bet, with Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison and Willie McGinest becoming eligible.

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