The New England Patriots secured their backup quarterback situation before the start of free agency. EPSNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reports New England placed a second-round tender on Brian Hoyer. He spent last season as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Tom Brady.
Hoyer is under contract for $1.92 million in 2012. Another team can sign Hoyer to a bigger contract, but the Patriots have the right to match it or accept that team's second-round draft pick.
If Hoyer garners interest, there is a chance the Patriots could take the high pick. New England also has last season's third-round pick, Ryan Mallett, developing behind Brady and Hoyer. The Patriots already have two first-round picks and two second-round picks in April, and probably wouldn’t mind adding another pick in the second round.