Quarterback Brian Hoyer signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, who also waived tight end Garret Hoskins.
"Brian brings experience and a solid reputation to our squad," said Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski. "We are looking forward to getting him out on the field."
New Browns general manager Mike Lombardi apparently thought highly enough of Hoyer, a Cleveland-area native, to consider trading for him during the NFL Draft in April. But a deal didn't work out and the Arizona Cardinals ended up releasing him on Monday.
Hoyer, 27, has spent most of his time in the NFL as a backup with the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cardinals. After signing with Arizona late last season, he started its final regular-season game and passed for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
With returning starter Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell already in the mix at quarterback for the Browns along with Thaddeus Lewis, Hoyer could provide another option in case Weeden or Campbell falter.