FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The options for the quarterback-hungry Jets are dwindling fast.
On the eve of the NFL’s free agent signing period, two of the signal-callers the Jets were reportedly eyeing agreed to contracts with other teams while a third is believed to be on the verge of a deal himself.READ MORE: Join Us For Our Candidate Conversation With Gov. Phil Murphy Tonight At 7 p.m. On CBSN New York
According to reports, the Jets expressed interest in free agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Mike Glennon and were monitoring whether the Bills would pick up Tyrod Taylor’s option by Saturday’s deadline.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Wedneday that Hoyer agreed to a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The move reunites Hoyer with Kyle Shanahan, his former offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns who is now the 49ers’ head coach.
Hoyer, 31, has played for five teams in eight years. Playing for the Chicago Bears last season, he saw action in six games, starting five, and passed for 1,445 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed 67 percent of his throws. Despite Hoyer’s solid numbers, the Bears were 1-4 in games he started.
Hoyer also has played for the Patriots, Cardinals, Browns and Texans. His most extensive action came with Cleveland in 2014, under Shanahan, when he started 13 games. That season, he passed for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
The Jets also were reportedly interested in Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor when it was unclear whether Buffalo would pick up his option. The Bills and Taylor, however, agreed to a restructured contract Wednesday.
In Taylor’s second season as a starter in 2016, he completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 580 yards and six TDs.READ MORE: NYPD: Man, Woman Wanted After Shooting At Bronx House Party
The Jets also appeared to be interested in free agent QB Mike Glennon, who spent the past four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, some reports said New York did not like Glennon enough to offer him the more than $14 million he was expected to fetch on the open market.
Tampa Bay selected Glennon in the third round of the 2013 draft. While he has shown some promise — including tossing 19 touchdowns to nine interceptions in 13 starts as a rookie — he also comes with question marks. Glennon is just 5-13 as a starter and hasn’t started a game since the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston first overall two years ago.
Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the Bears and Glennon were close to finalizing a three-year contract worth $15 million annually.
The Jets are looking for a replacement for Ryan Fitzpatrick, now a free agent. Gang Green reportedly does not view Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg as their Week 1 starter. Geno Smith is also a free agent and is not expected to return.
Other QBs available in free agency include former 49er Colin Kaepernick and journeyman Josh McCown. The Cowboys will reportedly release Tony Romo on Thursday. And the Bears are expected to either trade or cut Jay Cutler.
Teams were allowed to begin negotiating with free agents Tuesday. The signing period begins at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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