Chris Ballard on trading Jacoby Brissett: Offer would have to blow me away

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Colts owner Jim Irsay said last August that the team would not trade quarterback Jacoby Brissett even if they were offered a first-round pick in exchange for Andrew Luck‘s backup.

With the offseason upon the Colts again and Luck coming off a year that saw him play well while starting every game, the prospect of trading Brissett is the sort of thing that will come up again in Indianapolis. General Manager Chris Ballard fielded a question about it when he wrapped up the season with reporters on Monday.

Ballard didn’t go nearly as far as Irsay, but he did say the team’s not heading into the offseason with designs on making a move.

“It would take somebody doing something that would blow me away, and it has to be the right thing for the kid, too,” Ballard said, via George Bremer of the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.

There are a variety of quarterbacks expected to be on the move this offseason and seeing where those chips fall would surely influence the quality of any offers that come Ballard’s way. Should they fall short of overwhelming, Brissett will likely be back for a third year in Indianapolis.

17 responses to “Chris Ballard on trading Jacoby Brissett: Offer would have to blow me away

  1. Puhhlease! He wasn’t very good as a starter. This is just the Colts trying to drum up a trade for their backup, which considering Andrew Luck’s injury history isn’t very wise.

  2. Someone should have asked him to define what kind of offer constitutes ‘blown away’ for a backup with one very inexpensive year on his contract. Given his knowledge of Indy’s offense and the compensatory pick they will probably earn if they let him play out his current deal and walk it’s hard to imagine he has more value to anyone than he does to the Colts.

  3. UFA in 2020. Colts won’t pay him what other teams will just to back uop Luck You can’t tag a backup, too expensive.

    He’s gone, likely to NE

  4. “It would take somebody doing something that would blow me away, and it has to be the right thing for the kid, too,”

    The only problem with this statement is he’s in the last year (2019) of his contract. If they don’t trade him this off-season he can walk away and they’d get nothing. I find it hard to believe any team is going to give a first-rounder for a guy with an expiring contract when they could get him as a free agent next year. If Ballard overplays his hand, he may end up with an empty hand.

  5. Ballard is just letting everyone know JB is available … if anyone just happens to be looking for a 58% passer who gets sacked on about 10% per pass attempt…

  6. It doesn’t appear most of the posters have seen Brissett play. No camp, no preseason, no experience. Thrown into an underwhelming system, horrible o-line, lack of weapons. Horrible coaching, and zero half time adjustments …. If any of you have a Colts game from last season recorded. Watch him play. Had the games ended at the half, the Colts would have won more than half their games. It was crazy how bad Pagano, and staff were at coaching a team.

  7. redclaw1314 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    headed back to New England in 2020
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    If they thought he was an answer, they would not have traded him.

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