How does Brian Hoyer visiting Jets affect Denver Broncos?
How does quarterback Brian Hoyer visiting the New York Jets affect the Denver Broncos and their pursuit of a new quarterback?
Free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer is going to be visiting the New York Jets on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Source:
This could either have major implications on the Denver Broncos’ search for a quarterback, or it could have none. The Jets are one of the teams that was supposedly vying for Colin Kaepernick at one point. That died off quickly, but they are also presumably the only team interested in signing Ryan Fitzpatrick at anywhere near his original asking price of $15 million annually.
Obviously, they aren’t willing to pay him close to that, or he would have been re-signed right now. Thus, the Jets have interest in another former Texans QB in Brian Hoyer, a player who would almost certainly prevent them from re-signing Fitzpatrick but also wouldn’t necessarily preclude them from taking a QB in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
If Hoyer signs with the Jets, it would seem like New York’s plan is to add someone from the draft and they’ve been keeping their eyes on players that could come from any and all rounds. Specifically, it’s hard to see them not being the last line of defense against a Paxton Lynch fall at the 20th pick in the 1st round, where Lynch is almost certain to be selected.
Before the Jets, the Bills at 19 overall make sense for Lynch, as they are currently trying to figure out whether or not they want to keep Tyrod Taylor the QB long-term.
The Broncos would obviously probably love to get their hands on Lynch. He has a skillset that ideally fits the Gary Kubiak offense, which was diminished last year due to the physical limitations of Peyton Manning. Kubiak’s offense is one in which quarterbacks have thrived, going all the way back to Jake Plummer and even to present day Joe Flacco.
John Elway would have some options if the Jets decided to pass on Fitzpatrick for Hoyer. First of all, Fitzpatrick, whose price tag has to be going down by the minute. He seemingly has no leverage except for the ‘market value’ of quarterbacks, and as money continues to fly around, that leverage diminishes.
Maybe a team like San Francisco would swoop in on Fitzpatrick before the draft to insure they have a good starting QB this year if the Broncos are still interested in a Kaepernick trade.
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At this point, Kaepernick still seems like one of the Broncos’ top options, but everything has been quiet on that front since early April when Kap reported to San Francisco for offseason activities.
If Hoyer signs in New York, it could create a domino effect for the Broncos and some of the quarterbacks in the draft. It’s also being rumored that the Cleveland Browns don’t intend to take a quarterback with the 2nd overall pick, but that could be a smokescreen to drive up the value of a trade.
There are a lot of things that could happen as a result of this, but teams looking for immediate help at quarterback are the Jets, Broncos, and Rams. The Rams have their situation figured out having traded a king’s ransom for the top overall selection. If the Jets get Hoyer, he’d presumably be a stop-gap starter type with the intent of drafting another QB sometime in the first couple of rounds.
Buckle in, folks. This could get really interesting.