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QB Brian Hoyer, when released by Texans, could be option for Jets

The Texans have told quarterback Brian Hoyer that they will release him. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Should Ryan Fitzpatrick be worried?

Brian Hoyer is on the verge of being released by the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports. It means the New York Jets have a fallback option and/or negotiating pawn in play as they attempt to resolve the contract stalemate with Fitzpatrick.

Anyone who says the Jets already have expressed interest in Hoyer is wrong. He won't be on the waiver wire until 4 p.m. Monday. Once he's officially a free agent, it wouldn't be a shock if the Jets reach out to him. A year ago, the Jets and Texans were the two teams bidding for his services as a free agent. The Texans got him with a two-year, $10.5 million contract, prompting the Jets to trade for Fitzpatrick.

Now the situation is reversed. Fitzpatrick is the Jets' No. 1 priority, but his asking price is a lot more than what the Jets are offering. The Jets could make an immediate move to sign Hoyer or they could use him as leverage against Fitzpatrick.

Hoyer, 30, went 5-4 as a starter last season, finishing with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He didn't play poorly -- until the playoffs, when he played worse in the wild-card game than Fitzpatrick did in the season finale, four interceptions to three.