AFC North: Browns Sign Brian Hoyer. Rolando McClain’s Retirement Could be Short


December 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) passes the ball during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have a new quarterback to challenge the incumbent Brandon Weeden for his job, as the team just signed Brian Hoyer to a 2-year contract.  The Arizona Cardinals cut Hoyer on Monday. Hoyer would have cost a team a second-round draft pick as a result of his tender if he was signed to an offer sheet during the period to sign restricted free agents, and was scheduled to make $2 million in 2013.

Hoyer previously spent three seasons as a backup to Tom Brady in New England, and was claimed on waivers by the Cardinals late last season. He finished last season with 330 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, completing 30 of 53 pass attempts in two games.

Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Rolando McClain announced his retirement yesterday, but the 23-year old did leave the door open for a potential return once he gets his life in order after recently being arrested for the third time in 16 months. Here is what McClain had to say in explaining why he decided to retire Wednesday:

"Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions. Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together. Beyond that, I’m not sure what the future holds for me, including football. This was entirely my decision, and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I’ll play for them one day."

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