The Den will be taking a look at one of the Chicago Bears' 2017 unrestricted free agents (UFA's) and restricted free agents (RFA's) each day until we have knocked out the list.
I will be talking about the player, whether I personally would sign the player and to what contract, and what my best guess the Bears will do with him.
Today's UFA is quarterback Brian Hoyer.
It would be hard to argue that Brian Hoyer was the best Bear's quarterback this year, at least statistically. Hoyer
Hoyer completed 134 of his 200 pass attempts for 1,445 yards, which generated a 67 percent completion percentage. His yards-per-completion average was 7.23, and he had 6 TD passes with 0 interceptions in the five games he played in. Hoyer's passer rating was 98.0, by far the highest of any Bears quarterback. The biggest problem with the Bears offense under Hoyer was a lack of scoring. The Bears averaged 16.6 points per game in the 5 games that he played in (albeit he only played a part of the Green Bay game thanks to the dirty helmet-first hit that broke his arm).
Hoyer came into the league and played for New England backing up Tom Brady for three years, then had a year in Arizona, followed by two years in Cleveland (one as the primary starter) and then a year as the starter for the Texans. At Houston, he had a mostly positive year up until an absolutely horrific playoff performance ushered him out the door.
Career wise, Hoyer has played in 49 games, has completed 714 out of 1,199 passing attempts for a 59.6 completion percentage for 8,608 yards. His career yards-per-attempt is 7.18. He has 44 TD's and 26 INTS, and a career passer rating of 84.8.
Hoyer has expressed a desire to remain in Chicago, and has also expressed an understanding that in remaining, he might need to serve as a caretaker quarterback and mentor for a rookie heir-apparent quarterback. "My comfort level here is great," he told the Chicago media earlier this month. "I had a lot of fun when I got to play. Obviously, the results didn't always show what we wanted. I really like what they're building here and hopefully I can be a part of that."
Do I think the Bears should re-sign Brian Hoyer? Yes, without question. Give him a contract similar to what he had this year, assuming he will take it. Bottom line we are going to need at least three quarterbacks, and Hoyer has proven that he is an NFL caliber player at least as a strong backup, and frankly the worst we would get from him is a strong backup quarterback. EVERY team needs that guy, and Hoyer has done plenty to prove that he is a guy who can be a backup and a caretaker. Do I think we sign him as our go-to starter (for go-to starter money)? No, but it won't take that. Hoyer wants to be here, and I find it hard to imagine us finding somebody better for the veteran/backup or caretaker-until-a-rookie-is-ready role.
Do I think the Bears will re-sign him? Yes. Of all the UFA's on this list, I think Hoyer is one of the safest bets for a spot on next year's roster.
BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
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