The Washington Commanders have added a veteran quarterback for next season as the team is reportedly bringing in journeyman Jacoby Brissett, according to ESPN.
Brissett’s deal is expected to be worth $10 million, $8 million of which is guaranteed.
The Commanders will be Brissett’s fifth team heading into his eighth NFL season.
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Brissett spent last season with the Cleveland Browns, where he started 4-7 until Deshaun Watson took over after his suspension. Despite the record, Brissett played well in Cleveland, passing for 2,608 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions to go along with a 64% completion rate.
Washington has already said that Sam Howell, the fifth-round pick in last year’s NFL Draft out of UNC, is the No. 1 pick at quarterback right now. However, considering he’s only had one game of NFL experience, Brissett likely has a chance to win the job outside of training camp.
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Brissett landed with the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of NC State, and was third behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. He managed to get two starts in his rookie year due to injuries, going 1-1 in those starts.
From there, he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts, where he spent four seasons, starting in 2017 when he started all but one game for them after Andrew Luck’s season-ending injury.
After Luck made a shock retirement after the 2018 season, the Colts tried Brissett once again as their starter in 2019. The team went 7-8 in his outings as he passed for 2,942 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. .
Brissett spent a year in Miami with the Dolphins, starting five games in 11 appearances before moving to the Browns last year.
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While Brissett was always a placeholder in Cleveland until Watson returned, the team respected his tenacity and determination to win each week knowing that his job would eventually be given to his original starter who they traded for to the Houston Texans.
Brissett brings that to a Commanders team that tested a veteran last season in Carson Wentz before finally handing him over to Taylor Heinicke followed by Howell in Week 17.
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Brissett’s strong resume should make him a solid contributor in Washington, whether he’s on the field or not.