This is a stunner. There was talk that Brissett may not make the Patriots’ 53-man roster but he had a good showing on Thursday and indications were that he was going to remain in New England.
However, the Colts really need some help at quarterback with Andrew Luck still sidelined with a shoulder issue. Dorsett has been on the trading block for a few weeks now, so it’s not surprising to see him moved in a deal.
Dorsett, 24, is a former first-round pick by the Colts in the 2015 NFL Draft. He is entering the third year of a four-year, $8.135 million rookie contract that included $6.591 million guaranteed.
Dorsett stands to make a base salary of $1,174,582 this season to go along with another $1,094,373 in 2018. The Colts will have to decide whether to pick up Dorsett’s fifth-year option next year.
In 2016, Dorsett appeared in 15 games and caught 33 passes for 528 yards receiving (16 yards per reception) and two touchdowns. Dorsett also rushed for 10 yards on two carries.
Brissett, 23, was taken in the third round of this year’s NFL draft by the Patriots. He’s in the second year of his four-year, $3.411 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $580,038 for the 2017 season.
New England officially designated Brissett as their player to return from injured reserve last year.
In 2016, Brissett threw for 400 yards while completing 61.8 percent of his passes to go along with 83 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground over the course of three games.