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NFL Rumors: Brady's One Request, Pats Bring Back QB Brian Hoyer

The New England Patriots reached an agreement to bring back quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer.

This marks Hoyer's third stint with the Patriots. He started his career there in 2009 and played in 13 games over three seasons as Brady's backup. He then returned in 2017 and was a member of the Super Bowl LIII-winning team.

The move is the team's first at the quarterback position since Tom Brady departed to the Buccaneers.

When the six-time Super Bowl winner officially signed Tampa Bay, he didn't ask for much. In fact, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, Brady made just one request after signing with the club: "He wanted the phone numbers of all his new Bucs teammates."

Brady, Buccaneers GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians reportedly spoke for around 90 minutes on Wednesday evening, the first official day of the new NFL year. Brady never talked about money, per Stroud, who adds that "it was last on the list of priorities" that Brady's agent, Don Yee, presented to the team on Monday when the legal tampering period opened. 

Keep up with the latest news and rumors around the NFL:

  • The Falcons added depth to their receiving corps by signing former Vikings first-round pick Laquon Treadwell. (Zach Klein, WSB-TV 6)
  • The Jets are bringing in former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a one-year deal. (Connor Hughes, The Athletic)
  • The Buccaneers are re-working tight end Cameron Brate's contract. (Greg Auman, The Athletic)
  • The Cardinals are keeping backup QB Brett Hundley on a one-year deal, according to Hundley's agent.
  • Safety D.J. Swearinger and the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal. (Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle)
  • Former first-round pick OL Chance Warmack is headed to the Seahawks after he wasn't signed to play during the 2019 season. (Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk)
  • The Bears have reached an agreement with linebacker Barkevious Mingo on a one-year deal. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)