Colts Expected To Be In Quarterback Market This Offseason

According to Ian Rapoport, the Colts are expected to be in the quarterback market this offseason, potentially spending a high pick on another passer to bolster the position. 

Following the stunning retirement of Andrew Luck during the preseason, the Colts elevated backup Jacoby Brissett into the starting role and threw their support behind him with a new two-year deal. 

However, Brissett has dealt with inconsistency since an MCL sprain earlier this year and Indianapolis currently sits at 6-8 and has been eliminated from the playoff race. 

Looking forward, Indianapolis is not expecting Luck to reverse course and unretire. 

“Going into the offseason, we have to proceed as if Andrew is officially retired,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “So that’s how we operate now.”

Luck walked away from the game for health reasons after a calf injury this offseason didn’t respond to treatment and doctors had a difficult time diagnosing it. While he could conceivably return once he’s healthy and mentally recharged, Irsay isn’t counting on it. 

“With Andrew, at this point I just kind of take him for face value and we’ll see what happens because only he can decide,” Irsay said. “From talking to Andrew, we have to take him at face value for what he says. So (GM) Chris Ballard and I and (coach) Frank Reich, we have to move forward. And we are with Jacoby and the next draft and thereafter.”

Brissett, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2016. The Patriots traded Brisset to the Colts coming out of the preseason in 2017 in return for WR Phillip Dorsett.

Brissett was in the final year of his four-year, $3.411 million contract when he agreed to a two-year deal worth $30 million that included $20 million guaranteed at signing with the Colts back in September. 

In 2019, Brissett has appeared in 13 games and completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 2,661 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has also rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns.

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