Found March 13, 2012 on NESN.com:
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By extending a second-round tender to quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday, the Patriots appeared to be giving him an honest opportunity to find a starting job somewhere else this offseason. As it turns out, Hoyer will take them up on that offer. Hoyer, a restricted free agent, will explore his opportunities to become a starting quarterback around the league, according to a source. It won't be overly easy for Hoyer, since any potential suitor will have to fork over a second-round draft pick, but Hoyer still plans to take matters into his own hands. Hoyer can be free to field...
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