Colts bring in another former Patriots quarterback to replace Andrew Luck

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts will sign former New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million deal with $9 million in guarantees.

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Hoyer, who was on his second stint with the Patriots before getting cut on Saturday, will back up new starter Jacoby Brissett, whom the Colts acquired from the Pats two years ago to the day for receiver Phillip Dorsett. He isn’t a long-term replacement for the recently retired Andrew Luck, but he should bring stability.

Although both Hoyer and Brissett played with the Patriots, they actually never overlapped. Hoyer first signed with New England as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and played there three seasons. After playing for six other franchises, he returned in November 2017 for a season and a half.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett, right, talks with quarterback Andrew Luck during an NFL football practice Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck, right, and Jacoby Brissett drop back to throw on the first day of practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck (12) and Jacoby Brissett throw during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018, file photo, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich talks with Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck (12) and Jacoby Brissett (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Indianapolis. Reich and his staff spend hours meticulously poring through game tapes, crunching numbers and plotting strategy each week. There’s a meeting every Friday with the team’s two analytics experts, where everything from over-under projections to weather conditions are discussed.(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts talks with Jacoby Brissett #7 in the first quarter against the Houston Texans during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts laughs with teammate quarterback Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts during warmups prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 16: Head Coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts watches the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WESTFIELD, INDIANA - JULY 25: Andrew Luck #12 and Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts drop back for a pass during the Colts' training camp at Grand Park on July 25, 2019 in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del viernes 26 de julio de 2019, el quarterback de los Colts de Indianápolis, Andrew Luck (12), lanza pases con el suplente Jacoby Brissett (7) durante una práctica en el campamento de entrenamiento del equipo de la NFL en Westfield, Indianápolis. (AP Foto/Michael Conroy, Archivo)

More Patriots connections for the Colts

The Colts and Patriots have long had a connection going back to the days of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, but their paths have crossed significantly in the years since.

Notably, longtime Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was announced as the Colts new head coach on Feb. 6, 2018, but he withdrew from the position to stay in New England later that day. That probably turned out for the best for the Colts, who have to be thrilled with how quickly Frank Reich turned around the team.

Of course, the Colts also kicked off the entire Deflategate saga during the 2015 playoffs. Indianapolis alerted the league before the AFC title game that they suspected the Patriots had under-inflated their footballs, and years of drama ensued.

Backup QB quandaries are quickly solved

Before signing Hoyer, the Colts were one of three teams that only carried one quarterback on their active rosters, since Chad Kelly is suspended for the first two games of the season. However, each of the teams have filled those voids within 48 hours.

The Seattle Seahawks cut Paxton Lynch on Friday after he apparently lost the backup job to Geno Smith, but then they turned around and cut Smith one day later. Seattle quickly picked Smith back up on Sunday after their trade for Jadeveon Clowney cleared a roster spot, making it appear that the initial release of Smith was just a procedural move.

Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos will be without second-round pick Drew Lock for at least the first eight weeks of the season after placing him on the IR, and they cut his backup, Kevin Hogan. They rectified the situation on Sunday by claiming Brandon Allen off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams.

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