The Indianapolis Colts have found their new backup quarterback.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Colts are signing former New England Patriots backup QB Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million contract. The pact includes $9 million guaranteed. The Colts later announced the deal.
Hoyer now joins another Ex-Patriot, Jacoby Brissett in Indy. The veteran signal-caller is an ideal backup and mentor to the still-growing Brissett.
Hoyer, 33, has spent 11 seasons bouncing around the NFL, from New England to Pittsburgh to Arizona to Cleveland to Houston to Chicago to San Francisco and back to New England. The quarterback now joins his eighth NFL team. He’s started 37 games throughout his career.
The $9 million guaranteed is a stellar payday for a backup who hopefully will provide more in the film room as a mentor than on the field as a player. Barring an injury to Brissett, Hoyer should reprise his role as a caddy, which he spent doing behind Tom Brady the last season and a half in New England.