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Patriots Sign Quarterback Brian Hoyer To Back Up Tom Brady

BOSTON (CBS) -- The Patriots have a backup quarterback.

Brian Hoyer is back with the Patriots, the team announced on Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the signing, with the sides reportedly agreeing to a three-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Patriots.

Hoyer was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday following their trade for former Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo. He started six games in San Francisco this season, completing 58 percent of his passes while tossing four touchdowns and four interceptions, before being replaced by C.J. Beathard.

The 32-year-old started his career in New England and played for the Patriots from 2009-11. He appeared in 13 games as Brady's backup during that time, mostly in mop-up duty, completing 27 of his 43 attempts with a touchdown and an interception.

Throughout his nine-year NFL career, Hoyer has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 48 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 55 games (including 37 starts). He's spent time with the Browns, Cardinals, Bears, and Texans in addition to the Patriots and 49ers.

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