There aren't many jobs in sports better than being a backup quarterback in the NFL.
You enjoy most of the perks that come with being a pro football player, but you also don't have to put yourself at risk of injury on the field while still making a really good salary. And if you do get an opportunity to start, even if it's in a meaningless end-of-the-regular season game, it can serve as an audition to become a starter for another team.
Brian Hoyer was released by the Patriots over the weekend, making rookie Jarrett Stidham the backup to Brady on the Patriots depth chart entering Week 1. Hoyer quickly moved to the Indianapolis Colts, with whom he agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract that, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, includes $9 million guaranteed. This deal came soon after Colts starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett -- a former Patriots backup himself -- reportedly agreed a two-year, $30 million extension that, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, includes $20 million guaranteed.
In less than 24 hours, two of Brady's recent backups agreed to contracts worth a combined $42 million ($29 million guaranteed). Not bad, right?
Here's a look at four notable quarterbacks who cashed in after being Brady's backup in New England.
Matt Cassel: Signed a $63 million deal ($28 million guaranteed) with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. He made more than $60 million after leaving the Patriots, per Spotrac.
Brian Hoyer: Recently agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with $9 million guaranteed
Jimmy Garoppolo: Signed a then-NFL record five-year, $137.5 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2018 that included more than $70 million in guarantees.
Jacoby Brissett: Recently agreed to a two-year extension worth $30 million with $20 million guaranteed.
To recap, more than $100 million in guaranteed money has been earned by these four Brady backups over the last 10 years. There have been other Brady backups, but these four stand out the most. Who knows when Stidham will play in New England -- if he ever does -- but at least he can take solace in the fact that the odds of him making a good living as an NFL player are pretty strong. Serving as Brady's backup has been a launching pad to a sizeable payday.
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