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Report: Brian Hoyer gets second-round RFA tender

Chicago Bears v Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Brian Hoyer #6 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass during the NFL game against the Chicago Bears at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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One year ago, Brian Hoyer received a second-round tender from the Patriots. Then, somewhat surprisingly, the Pats cut him before the season.

As a result of being off of an NFL roster for much of last season, Hoyer, now with the Cardinals, is again a restricted free agent.

And once again, he’s getting the second-round tender, this time from Arizona, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Friday.

The second-round tender likely takes the 27-year-old Hoyer off the market unless a club wants to make a bold move for the former Michigan State signal-caller. Were Hoyer to have been tendered at the lowest level, the Cards would only have had the right-of-first-refusal on the quarterback, who was an undrafted free agent. It’s possible he could have drawn some interest in this scenario, considering the lack of draft-pick compensation at stake, his youth and the thin UFA QB market.