Agent: Patriots giving Brian Hoyer chance to compete for starting job

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Brian Hoyer is back in New England for Round 3. But, this time may be different than the two when he served as Tom Brady's backup.

According to his agent, Joe Litna, the Patriots are giving Hoyer the chance to compete for the starting job with Jarrett Stidham.

"If someone offered him $5 million or $6 million to be backup, Brian still would've wanted to be back in New England," he said to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. "They gave him a chance to compete for the starting job and that's all he asked for."

Rapoport added Hoyer will receive roughly $1 million from New England, $1 million from the Colts (it was already guaranteed before he was released) and up to $2 million more in incentives.

The 34-year-old played in four games last season with the Colts and he completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 372 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

It's worth wondering what the Patriots told Hoyer, as ideally Stidham, the second-year quarterback, would be the starter if he's ready. But, Hoyer is a good player to have as a backup in case he isn't since he knows the system so well.

It also helps Hoyer that Bill Belichick is always going to go with the best player and not have any other circumstances impact his decision. This means Hoyer will be given a fair shot to earn the job.

Hoyer has spent time with six teams besides the Patriots.