The Bears made nine picks in the 2016 NFL Draft but did not use any of them on a rookie quarterback to develop behind starter Jay Cutler.
The team instead looked elsewhere to solidify their depth chart by agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran Brian Hoyer, according to multiple sources.
Hoyer, 30, is an eight-year veteran of five different teams. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots in 2009, Hoyer also spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, and Cleveland Browns. He played last year with the Houston Texans, starting nine games while completing 60% of his passes for 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Hoyer had received interest from six teams, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, before ultimately deciding to land with the Bears. Hoyer had experience with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains while in Cleveland, which helped entice general manager Ryan Pace to pursue him.
Hoyer had a disastrous playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last season, throwing four interceptions as the Chiefs shut out the Texans, 30-0. But the Texans were outmanned from the beginning and Hoyer didn’t have much help.
Let the Cutler-Hoyer interception jokes commence.