QB Brian Hoyer Back In AFC North After Signing With Browns On Thursday

Quarterback Brian Hoyer is back in the AFC North again after signing a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

Hoyer, who released by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, now figures to push both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell hard in training camp. It should be noted that Hoyer received some guaranteed money in his deal, so that is likely a sign that the Browns intend on keeping him around in 2013.

Hoyer spent most of the 2012 season unemployed following his late August release from the New England Patriots, but wound up being signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in late November after both Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich went down with injuries.

Once Roethlisberger and Leftwich returned to health, Hoyer was waived by the Steelers after only being on their roster for two weeks. The Cardinals immediately claimed Hoyer off of waivers and he went on to start the 2012 regular season finale against the San Francisco 49ers.

This past offseason, the Cardinals restricted tendered Hoyer at a second-round level, but he became expendable once the team traded for veteran quarterback Carson Palmer back in the early part April.

For his career, Hoyer, who was originally signed in 2009 as undrafted free agent out of Michigan State by the Patriots, is 57-of-96 passing for 616 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.