The San Francisco 49ers will announce the signing of Brian Hoyer to a two-year contract when free agency opens, and Jason La Canfora has some early details. According to the CBS Sports NFL reporter, Hoyer gets $10 million guaranteed, with a $6 million base salary each year. La Canfora also said there were some “reasonable, attainable incentives” that could bump it to $9 million per year.
Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Carson Wentz, and Jared Goff all make between $6 million and $7 million per year, but they are on rookie contracts. For comparison’s sake, Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Chase Daniel makes $7 million per year, and per Over The Cap, got $12 million in guarantees. Robert Griffin III’s deal is for $7.5 million per year, and then it’s up to $12 million per year for Ryan Fitzpatrick last year.
Hoyer is making high-end backup money even if he hits all his incentives. This means two things. One, if he ends up starting, he’ll likely be making a heck of a lot less than Mike Glennon is rumored to be looking. And two, it does not preclude the team from pushing for another veteran quarterback. It sounds like Hoyer wanted a chance to compete for a starting job, so I am still thinking Kirk Cousins does not happen. But if the 49ers did potentially land Cousins, Hoyer’s contract does not exactly pose a deal-breaker status.