Colts’ Jacoby Brissett could be a surprising cut candidate
The Indianapolis Colts are undecided on what to do at quarterback in 2020; that could mean Jacoby Brissett is in jeopardy of losing a roster spot. Even though it’s far from being a guarantee, Brissett could be a surprising cut candidate in Indianapolis.
Nearly six months ago, the Colts were shocked when Andrew Luck decided to suddenly retire from the NFL. Despite losing their Pro Bowl quarterback to retirement, Indianapolis was confident in Brissett carrying the mantle as the franchise’s starting quarterback. As visual proof of their confidence, they gave him a $30 million extension over two years.
Fast forward to now and the Colts aren’t as sure as they once were with Brissett. The former third-round pick of the New England Patriots appeared to be on track to have a career year in 2019. In his first seven starts, Brissett threw for 1,590 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three touchdowns.
Then, a knee injury in Week 9 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers would derail his entire season. Over the final seven games of the season, Brissett managed to produce only 1,293 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Most importantly, Brissett was part of the reason why the Colts fell out of playoff contention. Due to Brissett’s inconsistent play under center, Indianapolis could choose to part ways with him already.
However, releasing Brissett would be a costly move for the Colts this offseason. In the event that Indianapolis moves on from Brissett, the Colts would incur a $12.5 million dead-cap penalty. Plus, Brissett is set to be given a $7 million bonus this offseason.
If there’s a team that can afford to make the move, the Colts possess $86.1 million in cap space. All that being said, it remains to be seen if Indianapolis is prepared to sever ties with Brissett already.