Indianapolis Colts Wouldn’t Trade Jacoby Brissett for a First-Round Pick

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Jacoby Brissett stepped up in a big way for the Indianapolis Colts last season after being acquired from the New England Patriots early in the year. He proved his worth for the Colts and is widely viewed as one of the top backup quarterbacks in the NFL. Jim Irsay and company have no interest in moving him even with Andrew Luck healthy and back under center.

According to Colts’ owner Jim Irsay, the Colts have no interest in trading Brissett even if another team offered a first-round pick for him.

“Trust me when I say this,” Irsay insists, “it’s made him a better football player, and a better man, a guy in the end who is going to give us even a better chance for greatness.”

“All of a sudden, we have the best backup quarterback in football. I don’t think we’d accept a [first-round pick in a trade] for him, we think he’s that good.”

Frank Reich has the best of both worlds. Luck is one of the top talents at the quarterback in the NFL when he’s healthy and if something were to happen he’s got Brissett backing him up. The quarterback position is safe for the first time in a long time for the Colts.

Last season with the Colts, Brissett ended up playing in 16 games with the Colts. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Brissett also picked up 260 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

While keeping Brissett will work for now, there is a good chance that the talented quarterback will want a trade in the near future. If Luck stays healthy and takes control of the quarterback position once again, Brissett will need to head elsewhere to earn a starting job.

It will be interesting to see what the Colts end up doing with Brissett moving forward. Trading him may not be an option now, but after seeing a healthy Luck for a season, that might change.

At just 24 years old, Brissett is one of the most intriguing quarterbacks in the NFL. There are quite a few teams that could use an upgrade at quarterback and Brissett could offer that. Indianapolis did receive some trade interest in Brissett this offseason, but to this point, Irsay’s words are ringing true.

Expect to see Brissett stick with the Colts throughout the entire 2018 NFL. After the year, however, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them gauge trade interest if Luck has the kind of season they’re wanting.