The Seattle Seahawks offered up a second-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for third-year quarterback Jacoby Brissett, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Volin noted that Brissett once worked with Brian Schottenheimer, Seattle's quarterbacks coach. On top of that, Colts owner Jim Irsay suggested they wouldn't even accept a first-rounder for Brissett, even though they already employ a franchise signal-caller in Andrew Luck.
Brissett started two games for the New England Patriots in 2016, with Tom Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo injured. After the season, the Colts traded wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots in exchange for Brissett, who became their starting quarterback with Luck sidelined for the entire 2017 campaign.
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Brissett tossed 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns against seven interceptions with the Colts, while adding 260 rushing yards. He's a free agent after the 2019 season, and it'll be interesting to see what decision the Colts make with him down the road.
Now, the first question is why in the world Seattle would pay a hefty price for a backup quarterback, when they have a perfectly healthy Russell Wilson. The 29-year-old led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes in 2017, and he's still under contract for two more years.
There are zero known health concerns for Wilson, and he's obviously going to start in Week 1. So why would Seattle offer that much for Brissett? Could it be that they think Wilson will leave and sign elsewhere next year?
Rumors and speculation have suggested that there's tension between Wilson and Seahawks management, so perhaps they're planning to move on from him when his contract expires.
At any rate, the Colts aren't trading Brissett, and they have a quality insurance option if Luck isn't able to stay healthy. Unless a team is willing to step up its offer, Brissett will likely stay with the Colts throughout the 2018 season.