Colts Say No To Trade Offers, Sticking With Jacoby Brissett As Backup Quarterback

Colts Say No To Trade Offers, Sticking With Jacoby Brissett As Backup Quarterback

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Colts Say No To Trade Offers, Sticking With Jacoby Brissett As Backup Quarterback

It is again looking like Jacoby Brissett will not be traded this offseason and he will play out the final year of his rookie contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

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INDIANAPOLISChris Ballard should continue to sleep pretty well through the 2019 season.

 

It is that comfort, thanks to having Jacoby Brissett under contract as his backup quarterback, that has Ballard resting easy at night.

 

The trade offers have not been abundant, but the ones that have been pitched to the Colts for Brissett have not been enough to part ways with their backup quarterback.

 

Ballard said it would take something that “blew him away” to make such a move and clearly that hasn’t happened.

 

The full expectation is Brissett will play out the final year of his rookie contract with the Colts.

 

Next spring though, when Brissett becomes a free agent for the first time in his NFL life, that’s when decisions will have to be made.

 

Sure, the Colts would love to retain Brissett moving forward. But the competitor inside of Brissett, who was a 2016 third-round pick, also has the itch to be a full-time starter in this league.

 

It’s the sort of dilemma that Frank Reich faced during his playing career.

 

“After five or so years in the league, I had a few opportunities to play and won some games, which was culminated with winning a couple playoff games,” Reich says, sharing his story from playing in Buffalo as a backup. “After winning a couple playoff games, I still had two years left on my contract. (I thought), ‘Man, I wish my contract was up right now.’ But it wasn’t. I remember talking to (Ralph) Wilson, the owner of the Bills at the time. I was expressing my desire about a couple of things. He’d been around this game a long time, and I remember him saying to me, ‘Frank, I appreciate everything that you’ve done. But, in business, this is just the way it works. Your contract’s not up. At some level, you just have to continue to do what you’re doing and hopefully it works out well for you.’

 

“On one side as a player, you just have to say that’s life in the NFL. You signed the contract. But that isn’t the way it is with Jacoby and that wasn’t the way it was with me. The Bills organization didn’t make me feel like I wasn’t valued. I felt incredibly valued, and I knew I was contributing. And I think Jacoby knows that’s true.”

 

From starting 15 games for the Colts in 2017, to the learning under Reich, while playing behind Luck in 2018, Brissett has consumed a lot in his two years in Indianapolis.

 

Brissett was the starting quarterback for the entire spring offseason program again in 2019, but his duties with the second team will return next month, with Luck coming back from his calf injury.

 

Ideally, the Colts wouldn’t have Brissett under center for one meaningful snap in 2019.

 

And they know if an opportunity to start comes Brissett’s way in free agency next spring, it will be time to look for a new backup.

 

“It’s impossible for me to have a higher opinion of Jacoby than I do,” Reich says. “I said it last year, I think he’s a top 20 quarterback. I still say that. After watching him for a year, this guy’s really good.

 

“I tell Chris all the time, ‘Please don’t let him go. I don’t care what anybody offers him. Don’t let him go.’ I love Jacoby. The problem is now I’ve gotten to know Jacoby and, at some point, I hope that it works out for Jacoby. But not now.”

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