3 Former Patriots Who Could Retire Next After Rex Burkhead

After former New England RB Rex Burkhead announced his NFL retirement on Monday, these thre former Patriots could be the next to retire.

Veteran kicker Nick Folk could be the next former Patriots player to retire.
Veteran kicker Nick Folk could be the next former Patriots player to retire. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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3. QB Brian Hoyer

If you've been a Patriots fan over the last 15 years, chances are you remember Brian Hoyer. After all, the former Michigan State signal-caller spent parts of eight seasons across four stints with the Patriots.

Hoyer got to live most backup QBs' dream. With Tom Brady as the QB1 during his early years with the team, Hoyer got to sit back and observe from the sidelines more often than not. In fact, he didn't even make a single start when he and Brady were on the team together. The situation wound up benefiting the 38-year-old as he eventually was a part of the Super Bowl LIII-winning team.

After a brief stint with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019, Hoyer returned to the Patriots in 2020 to back up the likes of Cam Newton and Mac Jones before leaving for the Las Vegas Raiders last offseason. His stint in Sin City was largely forgettable, though, as he only completed 53.1% of passes for 129 yards and two interceptions in his lone start.

Hoyer is never going to be a starter and there are plenty of backup QBs who are better and younger than him. Unless a team is desperate for a veteran mentor, a Hoyer retirement announcement could come as early as this offseason.

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