The 49ers have reportedly expressed interest in free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer.
But Hoyer is leaning toward the Houston Texans and New York Jets because he would have a better opportunity to be a starter, reports ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Colin Kaepernick is currently the only quarterback the 49ers have under contract for next season. Blaine Gabbert and Josh Johnson are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents.
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Among the other free-agent quarterbacks in whom the 49ers might also show interest is Jake Locker, a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2011. Locker started five games last season. He completed 58.9 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. His passer rating was 70.9.
Hoyer started 13 games for the Cleveland Browns last season. He completed 55.3 percent of his attempts for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a passer rating of 76.5. The Minnesota Vikings have also reportedly expressed interest in Hoyer, a seven-year veteran.
Teams were allowed to begin negotiations with agents of scheduled free agents on Saturday. The free-agent signing period begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PT).