NFL Notebook: Colts QB Brian Hoyer opens up about ‘disappointing’ Patriots exit, Jacoby Brissett

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It was a marriage of necessity, convenience, comfort and, to the player, stability.

When Brian Hoyer found his way back the Patriots — the team that had signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and developed him — after six years and six different teams in 2017 following the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo trade to San Francisco, all seemed right in everyone's world.

The Patriots got a trusted backup, a Tom Brady confidant and the peace of mind knowing his understudy was well-versed in the team's complicated system.

Hoyer received some sought-after stability in the form of a three-year contract that would pay him a total of $4.41 million. Hoyer could have received more money elsewhere, but what he really wanted, with a young family, was a place to settle down and put down some roots. He figured his $2.85-million salary in the third year — and the $1.5 million guarantee ($200,000 of which had already been paid) — did that.

He was wrong. The 34-year-old quarterback, who is set to make his first start for the Colts on Sunday against the Dolphins in place of injured starter — and former Patriots QB — Jacoby Brissett, told it was "a shock" to be released by the Patriots in favor of rookie Jarrett Stidham. He also explained the chatter behind the scenes that nearly resulted in his return to New England.