Colts Make Final Decision On Jacoby Brissett
The Colts made a final decision on Jacoby Brissett recently. The team will look for another starting quarterback, it appears.
Brissett was forced to step into the starting role on short notice following the abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck.
Although he did not necessarily play poorly, Indianapolis did not reach the heights with him running the offense that many expected it would when Luck was at the helm.
Recently, ESPN NFL insider Bill Barnwell suggested that the Colts would try to upgrade their quarterback situation.
In Barnwell’s estimation, Philip Rivers will likely be Indy’s top priority once free agency commences.
Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers mutually agreed to go their separate ways last week after 16 years together.
Shortly thereafter, Rivers’ now-former teammate and Chargers running back Melvin Gordon predicted that 38-year-old would inevitably land with the Colts.
“I think he goes to the Colts,” Gordon said.
“I don’t know, that’s just my thought.”
Part of the reason why Gordon believed Rivers would end up in Indianapolis is because of the ties he has to Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who previously worked as a Chargers assistant for five years
“He has [connections],” Gordon said.
“Nick … he came from here, we had him, and he’s the offensive coordinator there.
“They run the same playbook, so it’d be easy, he could come right in and he could be telling guys what to do, he knows what’s going on already.”
Beyond that, Rivers is also familiar with Colts head coach Frank Reich, as the pair worked together in San Diego for three years.
The big problem for Indianapolis right now is deciding what to do with Brissett in the event that the team is able to sign Rivers.
Last September, Brissett got a two-year, $30 million deal from the Colts.
Seeing as a $7 million roster bonus has already been guaranteed, all Indianapolis really stands to save if it cut Brissett would be $6 million in cash and $8.9 million on its cap.
That means there is very little logic in cutting the 27-year-old at this stage in the game.
Instead, if Rivers does join up, Brissett will likely simply be relegated to being one of the NFL’s more expensive backups.
Last season, with Brissett at the helm, the Colts went 7-9. If the team is ultimately successful in luring Rivers to town, it will be interesting to see what impact he is able to have on the Colts’ record.
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