Brian Hoyer wasn't out of work very long.
A day after being offically released by the 49ers, the veteran quarterback signed with the Patriots on Wednesday.
The pact is a three-year deal, according to multiple national reports.
Hoyer, who started the first six games of the season, was made expendable when the 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from New England on Tuesday.
In his six starts, Hoyer threw for 1,245 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He was replaced by rookie C.J. Beathard for the 49ers' Week 7 matchup against the Cowboys.
The 32-year-old Hoyer returns to his original team. Undrafted out of Michigan State, Hoyer signed with the Patriots in 2009. Following the 2012 season, he moved on to the Cardinals. He made stops in Cleveland, Houston and Chicago before landing in San Francisico, where he signed a two-year, $12 million contract this past offseason.
Hoyer will once again serve as Tom Brady's back-up, a role held by Garoppolo for the last three and a half seasons.
Patriots reached agreement with former 49ers QB Brian Hoyer on a three-year contract, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2017
Brian Hoyer is signing a 3-year deal with the #Patriots, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 1, 2017