Back Up QB Hoyer Set to Search For a Starting Job

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March 13, 2012 at 08:02pm ET

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Playing behind a Hall of Famer must be a great learning experience, but it appears that quarterback Brian Hoyer may be interested in trying to look for an opportunity to finally apply what he's learned somewhere else.

Brian Hoyer will reportedly be looking for a starting job over the next month. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

According to NESN's Jeff Howe, Hoyer will explore his opportunities to become a starting quarterback around the league, citing a source.

The Patriots placed a second round tender on the restricted free agent, which means that should another team elect to sign him, New England would receive a 2nd round pick as compensation.

The former Michigan State product has worked hard during his tenure in New England, showing the right work ethic after being picked up as an undrafted free agent back in 2009.  One interesting note is the fact Howe pointed out that Hoyer grew up a Cleveland Browns fan, which would make him an intriguing possibility to help get that franchise heading back in the right direction.

That is if, of course, they're interested enough to give up a second round pick for him.

For now according to Howe he'll be able to start fielding contract offers from other teams from March 17-April 21st, and if nothing else it's a chance to make an impression on another team that could potentially show interest in him once he hits the open market next year.

It's yet another interesting twist to what has already been quite a first day in the annual frenzy that is the start of free agency.

In the meantime, here's a video with some game footage of Hoyer from back in 2005 when he was at Michigan State: