The move will reunite Hoyer with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator for the Browns in 2014 when Hoyer made 13 starts at quarterback.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers and Jets are showing "strong interest" in free agent Brian Hoyer. His latest stint came with the Bears in Chicago, where he threw for 1,445 passing yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions before breaking his arm in Week 6.
Niners starter Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract this offseason, leaving San Francisco without a quarterback under contract.
Brian Hoyer, who spent a year with Shanahan in 2014, will sign with the 49ers - even if his exact role remains unclear.
Hoyer has played in the National Football League for eight seasons with the Patriots, Cardinals, Browns and Texans along with the Bears. He's in line to be San Francisco's starting quarterback. Speculation continues that the Bears are a leading candidate to land Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon when the free agency signing period officially opens on Thursday. His propensity for throwing pick-sixes in 2013 (he threw one in four straight games) ended his Houston tenure. It is expected to be a multi-year deal, but it's unlikely that it keeps the 49ers from continuing to pursue upgrades at the quarterback position.
It was assumed Hoyer would be in the running to be the Bears stop-gap quarterback, bridging to an assumed rookie the Bears front office would draft in the 2017 NFL Draft.