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The Patriots Sign … Hoyer?

With Tom Brady’s departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, the New England Patriots’ offense had a massive hole that needed to be filled. New England signed Brian Hoyer this past weekend, and sources say he will most likely be the starter in the upcoming 2020 season for the Patriots.

This is Hoyer’s third stint in New England, so it is safe to say he and Bill Belichick already know each other pretty well. Hoyer started his career in New England in 2009, got traded away in 2012, and then returned to the team in 2017, in which he got himself a Super Bowl ring.

Hoyer left the team one more time after that Super Bowl season, and will now be returning after both sides agreed to terms on a contract over the weekend.

Hoyer has never played in all 16 games in the regular season, but that may change his third time in New England. In 2014, Hoyer quarterbacked 14 games for the Browns and completed 55.3 percent of his passes. He threw for 3,326 passing yards and threw 12 touchdowns along with 13 interceptions.

In 2019, Hoyer started only two games for the Colts and completed 53.8 percent of his passes.

Brady’s One Request

Brady reportedly had one request before signing with the Buccaneers last weekend. According to Rick Stroud from the Tampa Bay Times, “He wanted the phone numbers of all his new teammates.”

Brady reportedly did not mention money at any time during negotiations but made it clear he would like his teammate’s numbers. Players around the league have expressed much interest in Tampa Bay due to the signing of the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Brady thanked all of his fans and former coaches in a post titled “Forever a Patriot.” In the message, Brady said, “To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK, the Kraft family and the entire organization. I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built upon great values.

“I am grateful for all that you have taught me — I have learned from everyone. You have all allowed me to maximize my potential, and that is all a player can ever hope for.”

Rumors were swirling around the league that Bill Belichick and Brady’s relationship was not what it used to be, resulting in Brady’s departure. I don’t think that’s the case here. I think it is more of Brady growing up and wanting to go out and figure it out on his own.

He’s had Belichick’s guidance for his entire career, so it will be interesting to see how each does without the other this season.

Belichick had nothing but nice things to say about Brady. He posted to the Patriots’ website, “Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect and appreciation. Tom’s success as a player and his character as a person are exceptional.

“Nothing about the end of Tom’s Patriots career changes how unfathomably spectacular it was. With his relentless competitiveness and longevity, he earned everyone’s adoration and will be celebrated forever. It has been a privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years.”

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