Quarterback Brian Hoyer will get the chance to play for his hometown team.
Hoyer, a St. Ignatius graduate who grew up in North Olmsted, agreed to a two-year contract Thursday, a league source confirmed. The deal isn’t official, because he hasn’t signed the contract and the Browns must cut someone from the 90-man offseason roster.
Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio was the first to report the deal.
Hoyer (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has been in the league for four seasons as a backup. He will likely compete with Campbell and Thaddeus Lewis for the spots behind Weeden. General manager Michael Lombardi said good things about Hoyer during his time as an analyst on NFL Network.
Hoyer, 27, was undrafted out of Michigan State, signed with New England and saw action in 13 games in three years as the backup to Tom Brady. He was cut by the Patriots before last season, made a stop in Pittsburgh, then landed in Arizona.
He played two games for the Cardinals, including his first career start. He went 19-for-34 for 225 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 27-13 loss to the 49ers in Week 17.
In his career, Hoyer’s thrown 96 passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions.