Jacoby Brissett basically gets the franchise tag early

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The Colts had an eventual decision to make with quarterback Jacoby Brissett. They made it now, although they’ll now have to make another one later.

PFT has confirmed that Brissett has agreed to terms on a two-year, $30 million deal. It’s not an extension, but a two-year contract that replaces the remainder of his rookie deal, which was due to pay $2 million this year.

With an extra $28 million over the next two years, the Colts have basically pre-exercised the franchise tag on Brissett, giving him the same two-year payout he would have gotten if the Colts had tagged him after the season. The Colts bought some time, building a bridge to making a long-term decision at quarterback, post-Andrew Luck.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Colts weren’t enamored with next year’s expected class of free-agent quarterbacks, so they opted to give Brissett the security that he didn’t have, along with dibs on earning another deal.

The Colts also benefit from the fact that, even though they’re basically giving Brissett a deal that equates to the money he would have earned this year plus next year’s franchise tag, they don’t have to actually apply the tag to make it happen, giving them the ability to do it in 2021 and 2022, before it would become ridiculously expensive in 2023.

And then there’s the Luck factor. If he comes back in 2020, the Colts won’t have so much cash tied up in Brissett that they can’t welcome Luck back and reabsorb his contract.

54 responses to “Jacoby Brissett basically gets the franchise tag early

  1. Lol and when he’s a bust over a full year you will still be Drafting another qb without the luxury of the cap space of a rookie qb deal cause you paid him 15 million again

  2. Outrageous deal! Jalopy Brisket has proved nothing. He should have continued to be paid his mediocre income until he PROVES he can shoulder the weight of this team. What a mistake!

  3. Told ya it was about this year. I actually like the deal and impressed Ballard thought ahead to 2020’s draft class first – well, he’s just being competent – but it’s more than Grigson would’ve.

  4. There was no way Jacoby was going to play for $2 mil behind that line. The salary made sense as a projected backup but being thrust into the starting lineup deserved a second look. Good that the colts worked out a good deal for both sides.

  5. That would be the equivalent of Joe Schmoe on a 50K salary getting a raise to $750,000 over the next 2 yrs literally overnight. Hitting the lottery, indeed.

  6. Strange times for Colts fans. It has to be hard to see Luck retire, but then on top of that now they have to root for ex-Patriot QBs.

    @Ultraviolet Thunder – It would seem after a couple years in the program that Jacoby has proven himself to Ballard and Reich or they would not have done this deal. Take a lesson from terripet (can’t believe I just said that) and show a little faith.

  7. Let’s put the Brissett contract in perspective: Kirk Cousins $29m, Joe Flacco $18.5m, Eli Manning $23m, and Marcus Mariota $20m. Jacoby Brissett at $14m sounds fantastic after reading that ridiculous list. Teams have been trying to trade for Brissett for the last 2 years and Ballard refused to give him up. Even if Brissett is terrible, Ballard can draft a QB and has plenty of money to spend in 2020 free agency. The Colts are in good shape.

  8. I quit! Then luck could not understand why he was booed! Maybe he was not as smart as we thought he was? Glad Brissett gets a chance, he not a guy who will quit on his team, two weeks before the opener.

  9. So Brissett gets to keep the seat warm next year after they draft Herbert or Fromm with the top 10 draft pick Brissett will deliver for them.

  10. This is a smart move by the Colts. If you go by annual average salary, $15M/year puts Brissett at #19 for QBs, just behind Andy Dalton. Everyone below him on the list is either still on their rookie contract or a backup. Even if he ends up being a middle of the pack QB, it’s a fair deal and if he ends up being better than average it becomes more of a bargain.

    I scratch my head seeing Colts fans complain about this… and I’m saying that as a Patriots fan. Give Ballard some credit– he’s handled this far better than Grigson likely would have.

  11. This is nuts.
    This is like “We need X so if we pay somebody who does X a lot of money they will be good at it”. Real Life doesn’t work that way.

    Why not a 2 year extension at 15MM per year that covers 2020 and 2021?
    Will he say no?

    He wasn’t very good a couple of years ago.

  12. I am very happy for Jacoby and will always look at him as a Patriot. As far as the Colts and their owner who moved the franchise in the dead of night during a snow storm. Tanked an entire season to get Luck. Started the farce of deflategate with his inept GM Grigson. Continues to spew nonsense about dynasties and Super Bowls and non existent greatness…I wish them eternal mediocrity.

  13. Almost all of Brady’s backups in the last decade have earned substantial. Cassel and Jimmy G have each earned more than 60 mil so far, and now Hoyer and Brissett would each cross 30 mil mark. Ryan Mallet is the only one who underachieved. Being a backup QB with the Pats or under Andy Reid always helps.

  14. Even with a team that went on to win the SB, Brissett was only 1-1 in the 2 games he started. Jimmy G. was 2-0 with the same team, before he got hurt, while Tom Brady was suspended for DeflateGate. And people call Jimmy G. a bust. LOL What would those same cynics call Brissett? A success no doubt. Paraphrasing Jimi Hendrix, Move over, cynical rovers, and let Jimmy G take over.

  15. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    September 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    Outrageous deal! Jalopy Brisket has proved nothing. He should have continued to be paid his mediocre income until he PROVES he can shoulder the weight of this team. What a mistake!
    _________________________

    This is when having a good/great GM comes into play. You don’t want to pay at the top of the market for a key position, and while going in early might cost the Colts a little more if Brisset proves to be only a backup QB, it’s a great deal for the Colts if he turns out to be a franchise or near franchise QB, especially when they the cap space. You’re getting a young player that has shown good potential (remember, they had nearly 2 years to evaluate him). Also, remember that franchise QB doesn’t mean he’s all timer like Manning or Brady. All it means is that he’s currently good QB and potentially great QB and you don’t have an alternative on the market. Not a lot of franchise QB come on the market and the draft is also a crap shoot.

  16. Hey Colts- Since you are interested in building your dynasty by paying big money to Tommy B.’s understudies, we are still unsigned!
    Signed,
    Matt Cassell
    Kevin O’ Connell
    Damon Huard
    Doug Flutie
    Vinny Testaverde
    Rohan Daley
    Ryan Mallett
    Matt Gutierrez

    # DeflategateKarmaIsrael

  17. Thats how ppl get fired!! He has already proved to be trash at best. Smdh, they should have traded for Mullins or Bridgewater for Taylor. This guy is Pathetic!!

  18. Yeah this puts the Colts in cap-hades. I mean, it totally screws them and their 158 Million in cal space next year. And poor Jacoby, having to work behind that horrible offensive line that allowed the league low number of sacks this year. (Hope you read the sarcasm dripping off of those words). Some of you are acting like it is the Grigson led Colts of 2015 and not a team that finally had a competent GM and a coach who does more than “chop wood.”

    This was a smart move by Ballard. We have continuity for two years, it front-loads it to this year’s cap (which we have tons of space left), and gives us ample time to evaluate him.

  19. Not a fan of the Colts but this was a very good decision. The amount makes sense and while more than many expected, it is fair to a player thrust into the spotlight. The playoffs are still within reach.

  20. It was said in another thread but this is the same thing the Jaguars did with Bortles- gave him a 2 year contract at more or less similar money hoping he would be at least adequate and be a place holder for the guy or even develop to a reasonably competent QB they could extend or tag.

    The Bortles attempt failed miserably as he played a terrible first year on that contract and they are stuck paying him this year.

    Although I wish Jacoby Brissett the best, I couldn’t agree more with chuckshontaspads comments above and also wish them eternal mediocrity.

  21. He has Bill Belichick to thank for this payday, because if Bill holds onto him and never trades him to Indy then he’s not in this position to cash in right now, and he certainly wasn’t going to make $15 Million a year as a starter ANYWHERE other than Indy, and it’s all because of their situation, and the fact that Bill traded him there when he did. So is the rivalry back on now Indy? Oh wait a minute there never was one because the Patriots have OWNED you for years now

  22. They tried this before with Brissett & it didn’t work out at all. Einstein’s definition of insanity in full effect. I don’t get it. They have to be thinking a year off, his body heals luck will be back. If not next year the following year. I agree with them. Luck will be back. He is just having a baby with his Super Model wife. Wait until the baby’s a year & half & mom is suffering through post pardem and horse mouth comes in the room breathing on her. He’s no longer the handsome NFL QB, he’s now the latest talking head on BSPN who’s breath you can smell through the TV. She will leave him. THat will get him back on the field. 1 yr, 2 max, Luck’s back.

  23. patsbrat says:
    September 2, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Strange times for Colts fans. It has to be hard to see Luck retire, but then on top of that now they have to root for ex-Patriot QBs.
    ______
    Naaaa….. Most people aren’t as shallow as Patsie* fans.

  24. indiapalealeblog says:

    September 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    This is nuts.
    This is like “We need X so if we pay somebody who does X a lot of money they will be good at it”. Real Life doesn’t work that way.

    Why not a 2 year extension at 15MM per year that covers 2020 and 2021?
    Will he say no?

    He wasn’t very good a couple of years ago.
    ——
    Why not a contract at the vet minimum then? Simply put yes he would say no to your proposed just as anyone with half a brain would. If he plays poorly this year he will still make 10 plus million a year as a backup so why on earth would he sign a 2 yr deal for 15 a piece. On the other side if Brissett plays well this year without an extension he would be in line to get 20 plus million a year or franchise tagged.

    Also real life works exactly like this. Person A gets promoted after an employee quits or transfers, Person A then gets a raise putting their pay in line with their new duties.

  25. I don’t get where all the love comes from for this guy. People are acting like he’s the next Johnny U or Joe Montana. Did everyone fall asleep during the Colts 2017 season? They were 4-12 and he threw 13 TD’s and 7 INT’s. Hoyer is a better option at QB than Brissett.

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