Patriots put second-round tender on Hoyer

The New England Patriots secured their backup quarterback situation before the start of free agency. EPSNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reports New England placed a second-round tender on Brian Hoyer. He spent last season as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Tom Brady.

Hoyer is under contract for $1.92 million in 2012. Another team can sign Hoyer to a bigger contract, but the Patriots have the right to match it or accept that team's second-round draft pick.

If Hoyer garners interest, there is a chance the Patriots could take the high pick. New England also has last season's third-round pick, Ryan Mallett, developing behind Brady and Hoyer. The Patriots already have two first-round picks and two second-round picks in April, and probably wouldn’t mind adding another pick in the second round.

In other Patriots news, the team also put an exclusive rights tender on defensive lineman Kyle Love.