Hogan was allowed to hit free agency after Denver declined to extend him a contract tender, but he's nonetheless returning to the team that claimed him off waivers from Washington last September. He'll compete with Garrett Grayson and possibly a draft pick for the No. 2 role behind Joe Flacco.
Hogan became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday after the Broncos did not extend him a tender as a restricted free agent, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
Hogan served as the Broncos' backup quarterback for the back half of the season following the release of Chad Kelly. The Broncos are doing a near-complete overhaul of their quarterback room by acquiring Joe Flacco from the Ravens and shipping 2018 starter Case Keenum to the Redskins.
After a stellar preseason, Kelly might have eventually received a chance to unseat the struggling Keenum for the No. 1 gig, but the 24-year-old lost out on that potential opportunity -- as well as his spot on the roster -- after he was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree criminal trespass charge. Kelly's dismissal allows Hogan, who was poached off waivers from the Redskins prior to the season, to move up a spot on the depth chart. Denver is likely to add a third quarterback to the mix at some point, though that player would likely be more of a developmental option for the practice squad rather than a direct threat to Hogan's backup gig.
It's been an interesting offseason for Hogan, who was traded from the Browns to the Redskins in April and now winds up replacing first-round bust Paxton Lynch in Denver. Hogan will initially slot in as the No. 3 quarterback behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly.
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