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John Lynch: ‘We’re really excited about Brian Hoyer’

Mar 9, 2017 at 5:18 PM


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San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch spoke with Alex Flanagan on NFL Network following the team's signing of seven free agents, including former Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer. Hoyer is now the lone quarterback on the 49ers' roster. While Lynch explained that Hoyer is their guy right now, he left the door open to other possibilities saying that the team is always going to explore options to improve.

"We're really excited about Bryan Hoyer and him being a part of the 49ers," Lynch said. "Brian has obviously been with Kyle. Kyle knows what he's getting Brian Hoyer. I've been an admirer from afar and he's got an opportunity to come and be our guy and that was important to Brian and we're really thrilled. We think he's perfect for what we wanted and we're excited."

What does Lynch think about Hoyer being called a "bridge quarterback" by some in the media? "I think we were very transparent with Brian in terms of what we're doing and right now, he's our guy but we're always going to explore – particularly at that position – to be the best we can be. That's what we did with Brian."

Niners GM John Lynch: 'We're really excited about Brian Hoyer'

Lynch said that the team would continue to explore adding quarterbacks via free agency and through the NFL Draft. "We'll look at those options and look at those options really hard," Lynch said.

Lynch declined to comment on the possibility that Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins could still be a part of the 49ers organization because he is under contract with Washington. "As I've said, we're going to look at every option to try to be the best we can be," Lynch did say.

Hoyer, an eight-year veteran, started 13 games while current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for a season (2014) in Cleveland. That year, Hoyer passed for a career-high 3,326 yards, completing 55.3 percent of his passes and throwing 12 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions. Over the past three seasons, Hoyer has passed for 7,377 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions through 31 games.
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