3. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have generally thought highly of Jacoby Brissett, and early last season after taking over for Andrew Luck, he looked very good. But a knee injury in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers derailed the season for him and the Colts, with pre-and post injury splits so stark they are not sold on him long-term.
- Brissett (before knee injury): 7 full games, 14 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 64.5 percent completion rate, 99.3 passer rating; 6.9 yards per attempt, 7.5 adjusted yards per attempt
- Brissett (after knee injury): 7 full games, 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 56.4 percent completion rate, 75.0 passer rating, 6.1 yards per attempt, 5.9 adjusted yards per attempt
The Colts gave Brissett a two-year contract extension prior to the start of last season, which tore up the final year of his rookie contract and gave him an extra year of security. He will probably be kept around, as the Colts have over $86 million in cap space right now (second-most in the league), and cutting him before June 1 would clear $9 million in cap space and leave $12.5 million in dead money. It is worth noting a $7 million roster bonus is due to Brissett on March 22, but that’s fully guaranteed.
The Colts could part with a Day 2 draft pick, and absorb Dalton into their cap space to compete with Brissett. Some will say they should aim higher, to Cam Newton, Philip Rivers or even Tom Brady. But as much as he has a say in where he goes, Indianapolis should be high on Dalton’s list of landing spots.