The Houston Texans have had a pretty big off-season in the books so far, with a lot of change coming in at the franchise.
The Texans made the huge move to bring in free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler on a big money despite the fact that he has only started eight games in his career to date and that head coach Bill O'Brien didn't even meet him before being signed.
So, with the Texans bringing in Osweiler to be their starting quarterback from day one, as well as re-signing former Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden, there is a spot going to a well-paid quarterback in Brian Hoyer that isn't really needed. Houston know this, and look set to let him go.
According to reports from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Caplan, Hoyer is no longer a member of the Houston Texans franchise.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle had a bit more information about the situation, confirming that Hoyer had been released by the Texans on Sunday night.
Hoyer took an exit physical at the Texans' training complex Sunday afternoon and met separately with coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith," Wilson wrote.
"The Texans released Hoyer one day before players report for the start of the offseason conditioning program at NRG Stadium."
"It's part of the business," Hoyer said after being cut. "I've just got to worry about my family and moving on to the next part."
The 30-year-old Hoyer was due to make $4 million in base salary and had a $859,375 million roster bonus due for 2016. None of that money was guaranteed, so Houston will not have a cap hit.
The Texans signed Osweiler for four years and $72 million, and considering that price tag, paying his backup $4 million didn't look like a smart use of resources.
With Brandon Weeden on a much cheaper two-year, $4million deal and able to play at a level near to that of Hoyer's, the decision has been made to sacrifice Hoyer.