Colts remain high on Jacoby Brissett, have turned down trades

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Early in the offseason, the Colts turned down two trade offers for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. And although they insist Andrew Luck will be healthy and ready to start this season, they remain committed to keeping Brissett on the roster as well.

Colts G.M. Chris Ballard heaped praise on Brissett and said he’s the perfect backup to Luck, meaning the Colts would have to be bowled over with an offer before they’d be willing to part with Brissett.

“He’s committed, he’s a great teammate, he’s got juice, he holds people accountable, he holds himself accountable. I love Jacoby,” Ballard said, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “Jacby Brissett is going to play in this league a long time. If I learned anything last year, it was the value of a backup quarterback who can get it done, and I think Jacoby can do that.”

Brissett still has two years left on his rookie contract, at salaries of $735,000 this year and $890,000 next year. Those are bargain prices, which makes it easy for the Colts to stay committed to Brissett as the backup, and not have to worry about what they’ll do if Luck gets hurt again.

58 responses to “Colts remain high on Jacoby Brissett, have turned down trades

  1. He can play. Looked really impressive at times on a terrible team in his first full time year. If Luck is healthy they have one of the best QB situations in the league

  2. I think the title should be “Colts are high. Have turned down trades for Jacoby Brisset.”

  3. I like Brissett but the Colts will certainly have to worry if Luck doesn’t come back right – let alone “get hurt again.” I’m not confident he’s the same guy they drafted and hasn’t been for a long time, even when he was playing.

  4. I don’t know that they are “high” on Brissett as much as they are “low” on Luck’s ability to return from injury and realize that trading competent quarterbacks off of the roster is probably not a very good idea at this point.

  5. Jacoby was essentially a rookie last year playing in a brand new scheme with a bunch of guys he didn’t even know and an incompetent coaching staff. He made some boneheaded plays but he single handedly won us those 4 games. The dude can ball.

  6. The Patriots had perhaps the best QB depth in the league last year with Brady, Jimmy G., and Brissett. I understand the trade of Jimmy. Their hands were forced. I still don’t get why they traded Brissett. His cap hit was minimal and he is a very capable back up and performed well as a starter for the Colts considering he join the team so late without the benefit of an off season with the team.

  7. Bill Parcells was really high on Jacoby. Knowing that they would ultimately need to move Jimmy G, I am not quite sure why BB traded Jacoby. Maybe he didn’t see something he thought was a good fit for his plan

  8. Why would the Pats trade both back-ups? I understand the JG trade (return value seems lame but getting a date 10 minutes from the Prom etc) but Brissett? At that salary? And the Butler situation? Something amiss.

    Now NE has a 100 y/o QB who now knows he HAS to be paid for his swan song. NE has no other viable choice. Unless they trade up and get lucky with a QB. Is this the 1982, 1999 or 2004 draft of QB’s?

  9. This guy could turn out to be the starter and Luck become the back up. Gives Luck more time and Brissett the playing time he needs.

  10. 6thsense10 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:25 am
    ..I still don’t get why they traded Brissett. His cap hit was minimal and he is a very capable back up and performed well as a starter for the Colts considering he join the team so late without the benefit of an off season with the team.
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    The simple answer is he’s a completely different type of QB – a runner and with a slow-ish release and not the greatest timing – when the Pats system is all pocket, timing and quick passes. But he’s a good kid and big and strong and thus what was needed behind that Colts’ porous O-line.

  11. 58.8% completion percentage, 37.8 QBR
    13 TDs vs 7 Ints and 8 fumbles

    That sounds like a very good backup, not a starter.

    The Trade by the Patriots seemed reasonable, getting a potential starter at WR for a backup QB.

  12. yeah, with Luck toast, you’re forced to be high on him.
    Nice Job Indy, ruining a once in a generation talent.

    Luck should file suit against Irsay and his drug addled brain

  13. When Belichick got rid of Brissett, he knew he’d also be trading Garoppolo very soon, which would leave him with only one QB on his roster. A 40 year old Tom Brady. So Belichick figured he’d be able to pick up a guy off the street, if necessary, that was a better QB than Brissett. I saw every Colts game last year, and I see why Belichick unloaded him. We’ve also seen guys like Johnny Manziel get drafted in the first round, so I know there are teams out there that struggle evaluating QB’s. So just because a couple misguided teams wanted to trade for Brissett, doesn’t make Brissett a good player. But also, it’s only a few days before the draft. I wouldn’t take anything a GM says too seriously.

  14. The reason the Pats traded him was because he was not going to make the 53 man roster when the preseason ended. They didn’t have a roster spot at the time. This decision was two months before the JG trade. Therefore the two events are unrelated. You can argue they should have created a spot for him instead of keeping a 5 string special team player.

  15. I’m not sure why everyone is saying Belichick was a Fan of Jacoby Brissett. If he was then he never would have traded him away. His contract was dirt cheap and he had been around long enough to know the system. Belichick doesn’t do anything out of Spite or based on emotion. The plain hard truth is that he didn’t think the guy had a chance at being his starting QB moving forward after Brady so he sent him away. People tend to over rate every player the Patriots have.

  16. “Luck will be healthy and ready to start the season.” What’s that old saying– Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me?

    As for Brissett, it’s actually the move by the Patriots that worried me more than Jimmy G. for a 2nd rounder. The Pats reportedly tried to extend Garopollo at a cap friendly figure, and once that failed (understandably), it was virtually impossible to keep him… so THAT trade made sense. But they had to have seen that coming, which is why jettisoning Jacoby on the eve of the season makes no sense to me. Good luck to him on a long career, and hopefully he’ll get a shot to be a true starter.

  17. indiapalealeblog says:
    April 21, 2018 at 11:08 am

    58.8% completion percentage, 37.8 QBR
    13 TDs vs 7 Ints and 8 fumbles

    That sounds like a very good backup, not a starter.

    The Trade by the Patriots seemed reasonable, getting a potential starter at WR for a backup QB.
    ======================================================

    Calling Phillip Dorsett a potential starter is like calling Deshone Kizer a potential hall of famer.

  18. They should devinately hang onto Brisette. He is a bigger gem than many realize. He is the reason why they could be just fine if Luck doesnt make it back.

  19. Won’t be surprised to see the Colts draft a QB in the mid rounds. Brissett isn’t going to get any better. He will continue to make boneheaded plays. Nothing but a game manager type.

  20. Belichick is an instant HOF fame coach but he has made remarkably stupid decisions in the last year.

    1. Not playing Butler in SB 52
    2. Trading Brissett for absolutely no reason to a hated rival…knowing the Garoppolo situation was far from settled.
    3. Trading Garoppolo during the season for a second rounder. San Francisco improved as a result and the second round pick went lower in order. Should have kept Garoppolo to end of season and franchised him and maximized trade value, or just told San Francisco it needs to be a number 1.

    Any other coach would be held accountable.

  21. Have to read between the lines here, they could be telling us that Luck is toast. Hope that team doesn’t put Jacoby through the same meat grinder that the team was happy putting Luck in. Wish Andrew Luck the best.

  22. Belichek wouldn’t trade Garrapolo to any AFC team, because he knew he was good and didn’t want to have to face him. He traded Brissett to a team in his division because he WANTED to face him.
    Brissett was taken as a favor to Belichek’s old mentor Bill Parcells, who was pushing Brissett big time. It didn’t work out.

  23. To me this shows that they know Luck will not be ready for the season. Why not trade Brissett to get more draft picks. I think those that continue to voice concern about Luck’s readiness are right based on the article above. You should not need a true starter as a back up to Luck if he is ready to go.

  24. neatpete1 says:

    They should devinately hang onto Brisette. He is a bigger gem than many realize. He is the reason why they could be just fine if Luck doesnt make it back.
    _________________________________________

    Sure, everything will be great! That’s’ what happened last year. Right? Luck got hurt and they were “just fine”.

  25. patsfaninus says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Belichick is an instant HOF fame coach but he has made remarkably stupid decisions in the last year.

    1. Not playing Butler in SB 52
    2. Trading Brissett for absolutely no reason to a hated rival…knowing the Garoppolo situation was far from settled.
    3. Trading Garoppolo during the season for a second rounder. San Francisco improved as a result and the second round pick went lower in order. Should have kept Garoppolo to end of season and franchised him and maximized trade value, or just told San Francisco it needs to be a number 1.

    Any other coach would be held accountable.

    _______________________________________________________

    It’s the very last game of the year.
    There is NO tomorrow…you try to win it at almost ALL costs.

    Completely agree with you.
    Is it really all about Belichick? Seems that way, lately. Has Bill played a single snap for this team?
    Coaches get way too full of themselves and perhaps begin to overthink things as they continue to coach. Sitting Butler after watching that first half disaster from our secondary “coverage”…he either had $ on PHI or he WAY overthought it.

    Either way, I’ll be real interested to see who/what Big Bill is after Brady retires..
    Diehard Pats fan since early 80s

  26. patsfaninus says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    Belichick is an instant HOF fame coach but he has made remarkably stupid decisions in the last year.

    1. Not playing Butler in SB 52
    2. Trading Brissett for absolutely no reason to a hated rival…knowing the Garoppolo situation was far from settled.
    3. Trading Garoppolo during the season for a second rounder. San Francisco improved as a result and the second round pick went lower in order. Should have kept Garoppolo to end of season and franchised him and maximized trade value, or just told San Francisco it needs to be a number 1.

    Any other coach would be held accountable.
    ____________________________________________________

    I’m holding you accountable for being a fanboy with this clueless statement “Should have kept Garoppolo to end of season and franchised him and maximized trade value, or just told San Francisco it needs to be a number 1.” Yeah, you’re smarter than BB and their front office. Do you know what the cap hit is for a QB? A QB who will be on the bench and get not get any field time and no film for other teams to see so they could justify a 1st? Wait; do you know that the NFL has a salary cap? What do they do next year and the year after that? What if Brady, the guy who just threw for 505 yards in the SB plays at that level for 3 more years? Do you keep franchising JG to sit on the bench at $25M+ a year? How do you know the Pats could get a 1st? Do you think they didn’t try to get a 1st, or they just like to give players away? Tell me how much leverage the Pats had when JG said no to a contract and wanted to maximize his value and test free agency? You don’t even need a crystal ball because all your logic comes from AFTER the Pats traded JG and you and everyone else got to see him in a 6 game sample.

    Hey, how about all that money they saved on signing JG (while they have a very healthy TB12) they can use that $20+ Million to repair that terrible D that lost them the SB. The same SB that you seem to think Malcolm Butler would have won it for them. That’s really funny.

    PS: The Past don’t worry about Indy. Indy is so inept they won’t do any harm to the Pats or anybody else in the league. Look how they screwed up Lucks career as their recent greatest achievement.

  27. That was about as ‘all in’ as BB has ever been on a season….up til he wouldn’t put Butler in the Super Bowl. Really makes me wonder why he came back. I’m guessing everything and the success went to his head (which is natural) and he forgot how much of each season has a lil luck in it to win in the playoffs. I guess it will take a reality check for him to reflect more and get out after 2018.

  28. Why is Brady so insecure? I’m not talking trash for once…he’s the GOAT, as long as he’s in uniform & healthy, nobody is playing over him. Yet, all of his good, young backups get shipped out of town for next to nothing compared to what they appear to be worth. I feel like it’s only a matter of time before he makes kraft choose him or Belichick

  29. indiapalealeblog says:
    April 21, 2018 at 11:08 am
    58.8% completion percentage, 37.8 QBR
    13 TDs vs 7 Ints and 8 fumbles

    That sounds like a very good backup, not a starter.
    ————

    That’s a good point, if you just count virtually everything else about the situation – the horrible roster, the terrible coaches, other lack of offensive weapons, going in the new system, etc.

    Not saying Brissett IS A long-term starter in this week, but I sure ain’t drawing any conclusions from last season

  30. patsfaninus says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    Belichick is an instant HOF fame coach but he has made remarkably stupid decisions in the last year.

    1. Not playing Butler in SB 52
    2. Trading Brissett for absolutely no reason to a hated rival…knowing the Garoppolo situation was far from settled.
    3. Trading Garoppolo during the season for a second rounder. San Francisco improved as a result and the second round pick went lower in order. Should have kept Garoppolo to end of season and franchised him and maximized trade value, or just told San Francisco it needs to be a number 1.

    Any other coach would be held accountable.

    ——————————
    Accountable for only being AFC champion and not Superbowl champion? When you have a coach for whom the bar can be set so high that people want to hold him accountable for only delivering an AFC champion you keep that coach.

  31. The Colts turned down the trade offers because [ahem] they will need someone to throw the football in September (onwards…)

    Belichick is burning down the team before he retires. If you want to be the greatest head coach of all time, make sure the guy replacing you will need a full decade to get back to the playoffs….simple strategy….

  32. Luck is probably done. I don’t see him coming in after sitting on the bench for two years not able to throw right now to being a 4000 yd 40TD guy any time soon.

  33. Pick BB or Brady. Not even close even though the guy is 40. Problem then becomes the OC becomes the HC.

    Brissett, another Florida high school product making it in the pros. If any of these commentors actually watched the guy play it would be easy to understand other teams wanting him.

  34. I don’t know how much it played into it but there’s no doubt that Ballard is still sad about McDaniels bailing on him so heaping the praise is partly him sticking his tongue out at the Pats. Nyah! (Also, he knows he nds a solid backup right out the gate this year).

  35. Ralphie, good rant dude.

    I’m holding you accountable for being a fanboy with this clueless statement “Should have kept Garoppolo to end of season and franchised him and maximized trade value, or just told San Francisco it needs to be a number 1.” Yeah, you’re smarter than BB and their front office. Do you know what the cap hit is for a QB? A QB who will be on the bench and get not get any field time and no film for other teams to see so they could justify a 1st? Wait; do you know that the NFL has a salary cap? What do they do next year and the year after that? What if Brady, the guy who just threw for 505 yards in the SB plays at that level for 3 more years? Do you keep franchising JG to sit on the bench at $25M+ a year? How do you know the Pats could get a 1st? Do you think they didn’t try to get a 1st, or they just like to give players away? Tell me how much leverage the Pats had when JG said no to a contract and wanted to maximize his value and test free agency? You don’t even need a crystal ball because all your logic comes from AFTER the Pats traded JG and you and everyone else got to see him in a 6 game sample.

    Hey, how about all that money they saved on signing JG (while they have a very healthy TB12) they can use that $20+ Million to repair that terrible D that lost them the SB. The same SB that you seem to think Malcolm Butler would have won it for them. That’s really funny.

    PS: The Past don’t worry about Indy. Indy is so inept they won’t do any harm to the Pats or anybody else in the league. Look how they screwed up Lucks career as their recent greatest achievement.
    *********
    I said Belichick is instant HOF. He’s the GOAT HC. Thanks for the five Lombardi’s, I wouldnt want any other coach. But as I see it, a paying season ticket holder and many others, He made stupid inexplicable decisions and as his style gave no justification. But as Belichick always say, he does Was is best for the team…except in SB52.

    Butler every game nearly every second in regular season and two playoff game. He suits Butler but doesn’t play him. Give us one sensible reason for that.

    Pats franchised 7th rounder Casell and got a second round pick.

    Brissett is better than Hoyer.

    Have a nice day Ralphie.

  36. says:
    April 21, 2018 at 11:20 am
    What a joke! Colts have also said, “us moving back in the draft proves Luck will be ready”. If Luck is ready then of course you trade Brisset for draft picks
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    This is, without a doubt, the dumbest thing I’ve read this week.

  37. He is insurance policy against Andrew Luck not being able to recover soon enough. They don’t want to draft a franchise qb and create a qb controversy.

  38. No onw is trading for Brisett. He is barely starter quality (back end of league) and best suited as back up. Teams don’t trade picks for back ups

  39. Despite all the hoopla about why he Patriots traded Jimmy G, trading Jacoby was the head-scratcher. This guy has the intangibles that make a winner and the whole QB of the future debate would have much more clarity right now.

  40. Ralphie says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    neatpete1 says:

    They should devinately hang onto Brisette. He is a bigger gem than many realize. He is the reason why they could be just fine if Luck doesnt make it back.
    _________________________________________

    Sure, everything will be great! That’s’ what happened last year. Right? Luck got hurt and they were “just fine”.

    ———————-
    They were never fine. Too many holes on that team. They would have had a losing record with Luck too. They need to build line and defense. Or the Colts are not going to win no matter who is qb. And if they do get a strong line and defense in place they would win with Brisette.

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