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Cardinals Release Former Steelers Emergency QB Brian Hoyer On Monday

On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals released quarterback Brian Hoyer just a little over two months after they tendered him at a second round level prior to the start of free agency.

Hoyer, who was with Pittsburgh Steelers last season for just a short period time while quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich recovered from their injuries, was claimed by the Cardinals following his waiving by the Steelers.

Hoyer saw action in two games with the Cardinals and it included him starting the final game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. In those two games, the former Michigan State quarterback was 30-of-53 passing for 330 yards with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

Following his waiving from the Steelers, there was speculation that Pittsburgh would try to sign him back at some point, but since that time they have added free agent quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski and John Parker Wilson, and also drafted Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft.

At this point, it seems unlikely that the Steelers will have interest in Hoyer as they normally only carry four quarterbacks during the offseason. With Gradkowski locked in as the backup to Roethlisberger, and Jones drafted to look at long-term as a backup, the need for Hoyer no longer exist.

According to reports, the Cardinals tried to trade Hoyer prior to releasing him, but had no takers.

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