Colts agree to terms with quarterback Brian Hoyer

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 08: Brian Hoyer #2 of the New England Patriots looks on during the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts have solved their uncertainty at quarterback by agreeing to terms with veteran Brian Hoyer.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the team and Hoyer agreed Monday morning to a three-year, $12 million contract to serve as Jacoby Brissett’s backup. ESPN reported the deal includes $9 million in guarantees.

The magnitude of the contract is a clear indication the Colts view Hoyer as at least their backup for 2019. It’s uncertain his long-term status with the team until the value and structure of the final two years are known.

“We want to make sure we make the right decision both in the short term and the long term,’’ general manager Chris Ballard said Sunday evening prior to the Hoyer deal.

After rosters were cut to 53 Saturday, Brissett was the only quarterback on the active roster. Phillip Walker was signed to the practice squad.

Chad Kelly, who had a solid preseason, is on the suspended/reserve list for the first two games of the season. Hoyer’s addition might mean he’s a practice squad candidate once he’s eligible.

Hoyer’s addition means the Colts have looked to New England for their last two backup QBs. He spent the 2018 season with the Patriots and was cut this last weekend. Ballard acquired Brissett in a September 2017 trade with New England.

“Brian has the toughness and accuracy we look for in a quarterback and he’s been in offensive systems that are similar to ours,” coach Frank Reich said.

Reich said Hoyer has a tremendous amount of experience and is a proven leader.

“Brian’s knowledge will be a valuable resource in supporting Jacoby and the team on and off the field,” said Reich. “We’re excited to have him here.”

Hoyer, 33, has appeared in 65 games with 37 starts for six teams. His career stats include 48 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and a 59.3 completion rate.

Hoyer is 16-21 as a starter.

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