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49ers have reportedly expressed interest in QB Brian Hoyer


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Hey, we've got our first quarterback rumor of the offseason! Neat! The San Francisco 49ers have inquired about impending Cleveland Browns free agent Brian Hoyeraccording to Josina Anderson of ESPN. The report says both the 49ers and Minnesota Vikings have made calls, presumably to Hoyer's representatives, though the level of interest is unknown.

Hoyer has shown flashes of high-level play with the Browns, but ultimately struggles with his accuracy and when he messes up, he rarely recovers until the following week. Couple all of that with playing for the Browns and dealing with the dysfunction that is that organization, and you've got a guy who might excel on a new team but is probably best-suited as a backup.

Obviously, the 49ers have Colin Kaepernick, but he's the only quarterback under contract for 2015 and Blaine Gabbert wasn't exactly a confidence-inspiring backup this past season. Hoyer would definitely give me more confidence than a guy like Gabbert or even Colt McCoy, but I'm wondering if Hoyer would even want to play for the 49ers.

Obviously, it's a good backup gig to have, but Hoyer wants to start and I have to imagine some team will give him a chance to compete at the very least. Hoyer has completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 4,557 yards with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in 32 career games.

San Francisco will need to address the backup quarterback spot at some point in free agency. This is a relatively weak draft at the quarterback position outside of the top two guys in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. I'm not even seeing the late-round pick that I usually fall in love with -- it's basically barren. A guy like Hoyer would solve a lot of headaches, but for now I'm going to say he specifically will not end up in San Francisco.