INDIANAPOLIS – The possibility of Jacoby Brissett being the Colts backup in 2020 remains in play.
With the Colts opening up cap space on Saturday, they decided to part ways with Pierre Desir ($6.8 million savings) and Brian Hoyer ($3 million savings), while holding onto Jacoby Brissett.
Despite a $21 million cap hit for Brissett in 2020, the Colts are still looking into the possibility of keeping the 27-year-old quarterback.
Currently, the Colts are carrying the 5th (Rivers-$25 million) and 14th (Brissett-$21 million) biggest cap hits of any quarterback in the NFL. And the remaining Andrew Luck contract still counts more than $6 million in dead money. Add it all up and it’s $55 million in cap at the quarterback position.
Even though many assumed Brissett would be gone once the Colts signed Rivers this week, that was a premature thought, particularly given how this staff still views their 2019 starter.
Now, the Colts selecting a quarterback early in the 2020 Draft might alter things again at quarterback next month.
But, for now, the current quarterbacks on Indy’s roster are as followed: Philip Rivers, Jacoby Brissett and Chad Kelly.
None of those three are under contract past the 2020 season.
Saturday’s release of Hoyer was no surprise.
Even though Hoyer signed a 3-year deal with the Colts last August, that move was in a pinch due to the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck.
It’s that chaotic time for the Colts, two weeks prior to the start of the 2019 season, that now has them in a bit of an awkward contract situation at quarterback.
Hoyer, 34, has played in 69 career games (38 starts). He was 35-of-65 for 372 yards, 4 TDs and 4 INTS in four games with the Colts last season.