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Colts reportedly refused to trade backup QB Jacoby Brissett for a 2nd-rounder

John Tomase
August 20, 2018 - 9:50 am

A second-round pick for a talented backup quarterback? Who'd do such a thing?

That was basically the message out of Indianapolis last week. According to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, the Colts declined that exact offer from the Seahawks for backup Jacoby Brissett.

The Seahawks were interested because their new quarterbacks coach, Brian Schottenheimer, worked with Brissett in Indy last year. The Colts passed in part because owner Jim Irsay is already on the record that the Colts wouldn't even trade Brissett for a first-rounder.

If that rhetoric sounds familiar, it's because it's exactly what was coming out of New England at this time last year about Jimmy Garoppolo at a slightly different point in his contract. Garoppolo had entered the final year of his rookie deal, while Brissett becomes a free agent after next season.

That year makes a difference, since the Patriots feared losing Jimmy G. in free agency before trading him to the 49ers for a second-rounder last Halloween. That said, it's already clear they got fleeced.

The Colts don't appear inclined to make the same mistake, at least for the time being. They liked what they saw last year after acquiring Brissett on the eve of the season from the Patriots for receiver Phillip Dorsett. Brissett ended up starting 15 games in relief of injured starter Andrew Luck, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. Dorsett caught 12 passes for 194 yards.

One other Brissett tidbit: with Tom Brady on the clock, the Patriots could be interested in a reunion somewhere down the road, per Volin, because they liked Brissett's toughness and composure.