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Colts GM Chris Ballard Says He's Not Trading Jacoby Brissett

The Indianapolis Colts returned to the postseason after an excellent comeback year from Andrew Luck, but it doesn't mean that GM Chris Ballard will look to trade second stringer quarterback in Jacoby Brissett.

On Monday, Ballard said "I won't do it," in regards to possibly trading his backup signal-caller, per Zak Keefer from the Indianapolis Star. Ballard met with Brissett and informed him of the plans, per Keefer.

Before the 2017 season started, the Colts traded wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the New England Patriots in exchange for Brissett. The latter was acquired as Luck was sidelined following offseason shoulder surgery. Luck never played in 2017, so Brissett played out the entire year as Indy's starter.

Brissett actually played pretty well behind the league's worst offensive line. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Brissett also added 260 rushing yards and four touchdowns, but the Colts finished the season with a porous 4-12 record.

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But once Luck returned to the sidelines this season - in full health - Brissett simply had to watch from the sidelines. He saw minimal action in four games during the 2018 season, only throwing a total of four passes, two of them going for completions.

Brissett also had to play three games for the Patriots during the 2016 season. Tom Brady was suspended four games for his alleged involvement in the DeflateGate scandal, while backup Jimmy Garoppolo - who started the first two contests - left in Week 2 following a sprain in his AC Joint.

That enhanced Brissett's trade value, and paved the way for a move to the Colts. Despite his talents, it doesn't sound like Ballard is bent on trading him, even if they could land a nice draft choice in return.

What This Means

Brissett is signed through the 2019 season, then he can enter free agency. The Colts will have to decide by the 2019 deadline if they want to move their young quarterback, rather than risk losing him for nothing. Right now, it seems like the Colts are content on keeping Brissett for next year.

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