Bears sign former Patriots and Texans QB Brian Hoyer: reports

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

Hoyer played 11 regular season games for the Houston Texans in 2015 after taking over the lead role in place of quarterback Ryan Mallett, throwing for a total of 2,060 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The Michigan State alumnus was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots prior to the 2009 season. He spent three years as Tom Brady's backup before spending the next few seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and the Texans.

Hoyer is expected to serve as a backup to Jay Cutler.