The Colts won’t give up Jacoby Brissett easily.
Though general manager Chris Ballard has discussed with Brissett the possibility of a trading him, the GM said the team likes having him on the roster as a backup.
“I want to do the right thing for the player, too, now,” Ballard said Monday, via the New York Daily News. “I want to do the right thing for Jacoby. Jacoby has too much value to us, not only as our backup quarterback, who I think you can absolutely win with and I think he’s a starter in the league, but also to the locker room. He is well-respected throughout the locker room by both sides of the ball — offensively and defensively.”
Brissett’s rookie deal comes to an end after the 2019 season. He was a third-round pick by the Patriots in 2016 and was traded to the Colts in 2018.
He went 1-1 as a QB with New England while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension for allegedly deflating footballs in the 2015 AFC championship, and then 4-11 as a starter for the Colts after Indianapolis acquired him in a trade early in the season.
Brissett’s 3,098 passing yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions starting for the Colts were enough to persuade Ballard not to part with him easily.
“It would take somebody doing something that would absolutely blow me away, and it has to be the right thing for the kid, too,” Ballard said. “I’m not just sending him anywhere.”
The Colts were eliminated from the playoffs Saturday in a 31-13 loss to the Chiefs. Andrew Luck returned this season from a shoulder injury and is a strong contender for the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.