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49ers release QB Brian Hoyer and a reunion with the Patriots makes too much sense

Hoyer, come home!

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The New England Patriots traded away back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 second round pick, leaving Tom Brady as the only quarterback on the roster. And with Jacoby Brissett in Indianapolis with the Colts and Julian Edelman on the injured reserve, the Patriots #2, #3, and #4 back-up quarterbacks from the summer are all gone.

Here’s an easy solution.

Moments after acquiring Garoppolo from the Patriots, the 49ers released quarterback Brian Hoyer, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, making the veteran passer a free agent without having to go through waivers.

Hoyer signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft and spent the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons with New England. Hoyer overlapped with Ryan Mallett, who was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, for one season before being released during roster cuts in 2012.

Since then, Hoyer has bounced around the league, spending time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers.

A return to the Patriots make a lot of sense.

New England didn’t want to acquire Hoyer directly from the 49ers as part of the Garoppolo trade because they would have to take on his 2-year, $12 million contract. Now the Patriots can negotiate directly with Hoyer and settle on a palatable one-year deal for the remainder of the year and possibly into 2018 as New England drafts and grooms a new back-up quarterback.

How would you feel if Hoyer returned to the Patriots?


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