TEMPE, Ariz. -- After bringing in quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton over the offseason, Brian Hoyer's days with the Arizona Cardinals appeared numbered. That time ran out today, as the team relased the four-year veteran on Monday.
Cardinals cut QB Brian Hoyer, source confirmed.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 13, 2013
Hoyer was a restricted free agent, and the Cardinals placed a second-round tender on the 27-year-old. However, with Ryan Lindley entering his second year as the team's No. 3 quarterback, the team opted not to pay Hoyer the $2.03-million he was owed in 2013. As a vested veteran, Hoyer becomes a free agent rather than go hrough waivers.
Entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009, Hoyer spent three seasons with the New England Patriots before being cut prior to the 2012 season. He was then signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers after an injury to Ben Roethlisberger, but did not see any time before being released on December 8, 2012.
He was claimed by the Cardinals two days later, and started the season finale after an injury to Lindley. On the season, he threw for 330 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Look for the Cardinals to sign a young (read: cheap) quarterback to add to the training camp mix, but barring any injuries, the depth chart for 2013 will be set as Palmer-Stanton-Lindley.