Philip Rivers is the Colts’ new starting quarterback, meaning Jacoby Brissett’s future is up in the air.
Brissett has shown promise, both in New England and Indianapolis, and many believe he can develop into a quality QB. But for now, Rivers is equipped to take the reins for the Colts.
There was some speculation Indianapolis would try and trade Brissett and keep Bryan Hoyer as Rivers’ backup, but Hoyer was released on Saturday afternoon. Brissett will apparently be staying with the Colts for at least another year.
According to ESPN NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler, Indianapolis is planning on retaining Brissett. The Colts remain excited about the backup QB’s potential moving forward, specifically after Rivers’ time is done in Indianapolis.
Fowler has the latest:
Colts’ full intentions are to keep Jacoby Brissett, I'm told. His contract calls for $7M guarantee tomorrow and $6M salary, so perhaps that affects some things, but the team considers him a special guy and wants him in the fold.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 21, 2020
Brissett started 15 games for the Colts last season. The former Patriots passer threw for 2,942 yards and 18 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions. But after a 7-9 campaign, Indianapolis clearly felt a need to try and improve at the QB position.
Rivers has spent his entire NFL career with the Chargers, so it’ll be strange to see him in a Colts uniform this season. The veteran signal caller produced 4,615 passing yards to go along with 23 touchdown passes in 2019.