From what Rich Cimini of ESPN is hearing, re-signing free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick remains the Jets’ No. 1 priority at quarterback, even though they’ve scheduled a visit with QB Brian Hoyer.
- Cimini adds that the meeting with Hoyer falls into the same category of due diligence as the Robert Griffin III visit did last month.
- Adam Caplan reports that Hoyer has interest from four-five other teams.
This is Hoyer’s first meeting with a team since he was officially released on Monday. However, the Steelers and Cowboys have also been mentioned as speculative landing spots for Hoyer.
The Jets previously showed interest in Hoyer as a free agent last year, and they might be able to use talks with him to get Ryan Fitzpatrick to lower his asking price.
It’s worth mentioning that signing Hoyer to a contract wouldn’t factor into a team’s 2017 compensatory picks.
Hoyer, 30, was in the final year of his two-year, $10.5 million contract and was set to make a base salary of $5.25 million for the 2016 season. However, no trade surfaced for him, which is why the Texans have elected to release him in a move that will free up $4,859,375 in available cap space.
In 2015, Hoyer appeared in 11 games and accumulated 2,606 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, one interception and completed 60.7 percent of his passes. Pro Football Focus rated Hoyer as the No. 31 quarterback out of 38 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Hoyer and his market as the news is available.