The Dallas Cowboys suffered an embarrassing loss in Week 7 at the hands of the Washington Football Team. Andy Dalton went down with an injury and the Cowboys ended up losing the game by a final score of 25-3. Things couldn’t be much worse for Jerry Jones and company, but they should look to swing a trade for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Following the loss, the Cowboys are just 2-5 and do not look good on either side of the ball. Thankfully, they play in the NFC East where all teams are pretty bad.
Brissett would be a welcome addition for Dallas. Dak Prescott is done for the season and Dalton’s injury is concerning and no one knows how long he’ll be gone. Going out and bringing in another quarterback would be a wise decision at the trade deadline.
Last season as the starter for the Colts, Brissett completed 60.8 percent of his pass attempts for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. Unfortunately, he was replaced as the starter by Philip Rivers this season.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at what a potential trade for Jacoby Brissett could entail for the Cowboys.
The Hypothetical Trade
Cowboys Receive: Jacoby Brissett
Colts Receive: 2021 Fourth-Round Pick
Obviously, this is not a huge trade, but it is one that would make sense for both parties involved. Brissett may be better than a fourth-round pick, but he is a backup quarterback and the Colts really couldn’t expect too much more.
Indianapolis also has rookie quarterback Jacob Eason on their roster. Good things have been said about him. Eason could come in if needed.
As for the Cowboys, there are no better options out there. Colin Kaepernick could be a fit or Dallas could pursue Matt Ryan, but neither option seems likely.
Let’s take a closer look at why this deal makes sense for both teams.
Why It Makes Sense For The Colts
Chris Ballard has found ways to hit on many mid-round draft picks. He is one of the best in the business in the NFL Draft. Giving him another fourth-round pick would always be a wise decision for the Colts.
Trading Jacoby Brissett would take away some of their security at the quarterback position. However, no one is going to play over Rivers as long as he is healthy. The presence of Eason also makes this a no-brainer.
During his one season as the starter for Indianapolis, Brissett looked good. But, the Colts brought in Rivers for a reason. They don’t see what they want in their franchise quarterback with Brissett on the field.
Making this move and acquiring an extra draft asset for a player that won’t be used would be the smart move. Brissett should be very available with the trade deadline drawing closer.
Why It Makes Sense For The Cowboys
It’s fairly easy to understand why the Cowboys would swing for the fences with this move. They wouldn’t be acquiring Jacoby Brissett to be a long-term quarterback. That fits with Brissett being in the final year of his contract.
Brissett could, however, help keep the Cowboys in playoff contention this season. He would have some elite weapons to work with in Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Ezekiel Elliott.
While he received some criticism from Colts fans after one year as the starter, Brissett is a quality quarterback. He is more of a game manager than a star, but that is what the Cowboys need.
If Jerry Jones can find a guy who can take care of the football and make the right throws, he needs to get it done. Brissett is that guy. Trading a fourth-round pick for him shouldn’t even be a question.
Dallas needs to make a move as soon as possible if they want to try to salvage the season. Jacoby Brissett could be exactly the move they need to make.