Ever since Andrew Luck retired, things have been full of change for the Indianapolis Colts. Their first order of business was to secure a backup for their new starter and decided to go with ex-Patriots backup, Brian Hoyer. Next on their list was to lockup the starter, Jacoby Brissett, for longer than just this season. In that case, they signed Brissett to a two-year $30 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.
Brissett has been with the Colts since he was traded from the Patriots in September 2017. He was given only two weeks to learn the playbook before becoming the starter for the remaining 15 games after Luck was injured. He went on to go 4-11 in those games and has a 5-12 overall record. In his career, he has thrown for 3,500 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions .
With this contract, it places Brissett as the 19th highest-paid quarterback which places him below the majority of starting quarterbacks past their rookie contracts and above starters still on a rookie contract, fill-in starters and backups. At first, I thought this contract was high, but looking at the rest of the league, I think this can be considered in just the right spot for him. Being thrown into a situation where you weren’t expected to be a full-year starter and the team needs you, he might even be paid not enough.
The biggest thing to come from this contract is that the Colts seem to be putting their full faith in Brissett as their starter. They aren’t taking this as a rebuilding season, but rather just a bit more challenging. In all honesty, they might not be wrong in doing so. The Colts have a top defense, one of the best offensive lines, and a bunch of young and talented skilled players around Brissett where they might be able to still succeed. On top of that, Brissett has is not a new player needing to learn a new system. Luck was injured before he announced retirement which means that Brissett was able to practice with the first-team before becoming the starter.
The odds might not be in their favor to find success, but the Colts can do it. They are in a division with no true powerhouse team and the other three teams have a similar or tougher schedule than the Colts. If Brissett can be a solid game manager, the team might be able to carry him to a winning season. The Colts certainly think that he can and expect him to do so. With the contract being shorter, I do expect them to draft someone in this upcoming draft to develop behind Brissett .