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Chicago Bears sign veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer

The Chicago Bears have signed veteran free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer, formerly of the Houston Texans.

The Chicago Bears today filled the need for a veteran backup signal caller by signing quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer (6-2, 215) is a seven-year NFL veteran who spent last year as the starter for the Houston Texans. In nine starts last season he threw for 2,606 yards, 19 TD and 7 INTs.

In 2014, he started 13 games for the Cleveland Browns, throwing for 3,326 yards, 12 TDs and 13 INTs. Before that he was a career backup with the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

Up until today the only backup quarterback on Chicago's roster was David Fales, who has never played in an NFL contest. Hoyer's experience and recent success will be invaluable for the Bears if Jay Cutler is injured this season.

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