The New England Patriots may have traded their backup quarterback for a second-round draft pick last season, but the Indianapolis Colts are not interested in following in their footsteps, according to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.
Even if their backup, Jacoby Brissett, also played behind the Patriots’ Tom Brady at one point.
“Our league source said the Seahawks recently offered a second-round pick for Brissett, who was coached last year in Indianapolis by current Seahawks quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer, but the Colts passed,” Volin wrote on Sunday. “This jibes with owner Jim Irsay’s recent comments, that the Colts wouldn’t even trade Brissett for a first-round pick.”
With Andrew Luck on the shelf for all of the 2017 season, the 25-year-old Brissett threw for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games for the Colts. Traded out of New England and to the Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett on Sept. 2, the 6-foot-4 Brissett also added 260 yards on the ground and rushed for four scores with the Colts last season.
Dorsett, meanwhile, totaled 194 yards on 12 catches last season, and caught just one of three targets for four yards from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in last week’s preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, it almost goes without saying that the Colts’ situation is a lot different than the one the Patriots found themselves in with Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo a season ago. The biggest difference in the Patriots’ willingness to trade Garoppolo versus Indy’s reluctance to move Brissett comes back to the fact that Luck has yet to play in a meaningful game after what could very well be a career-changing shoulder injury. Brady, meanwhile, continues to perform at an all-world level, and is coming off an actual MVP season. Oh, and the Colts have an additional year left on Brissett’s contract, which is crazy different when compared to where the Patriots stood with Garoppolo, who clearly wanted regular playing time after his rookie deal.
Volin also went on to mention that the Patriots could have an interest in a reunion with Brissett if and when the time comes.
Until then, teams can unsuccessfully continue to try and pry him out of Indianapolis.