NFL Rumors: Could Colts Trade Andrew Luck or Jacoby Brissett To Browns, Jets, Cardinals, Bills, Broncos, Jaguars, Dolphins, 49ers or Giants?

The Indianapolis Colts should trade Andrew Luck… or Jacoby Brissett. Right? The Colts are not a very good football team, despite the fact that some people in the industry believe that they currently roster two starting NFL quarterbacks. Then again, the old saying used to go, if a team believes it has two starting quarterbacks, then it actually has none.

That is clearly not the case in Indianapolis. Luck is a franchise quarterback. Well, maybe. He is certainly being paid as such. But, due to his latest injury, there is a very good chance that he will not see the field at all this season. That is why the Colts went out and acquired Brissett from the New England Patriots right before the regular season. In Luck’s absence, Brissett has played fairly well, considering that he is still trying to learn an entirely new playbook. After all, it is truly saying something if Brissett was able to beat out the incumbent backup, Scott Tolzien, right?

I’m kidding, of course. Tolzien is trash.

But what do the Colts have in Luck? Do they have a player who can lead them to the Super Bowl? Or do they have a player whose best days are already behind him? He is getting paid like a player expected to lead his team to multiple Super Bowl appearances for years to come, but is that really going to happen?

What about Brissett? Sure, he has looked quite good at times. Should the Colts trade Luck and groom Brissett to be their future? It would obviously save them a lot of salary cap space that they could use to fill the many holes throughout the rest of their roster.

What about trying to deal both? Look at how many teams in the NFL are in dire need of a starting quarterback (yet somehow, Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. Nope, no blackballing there, right? Wink, wink). If the Colts were looking to possibly recoup a pair of first round NFL Draft picks from a totally desperate team, such as the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers or Buffalo Bills, perhaps they could deal Luck and restock for the future.

Or, maybe Indianapolis should gauge what it could get in exchange for Brissett, and call quarterback-needy teams such as the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins or New York Giants.

Look, either way, nothing is going to happen at the 2017 NFL Trade Deadline. Luck isn’t going to get traded this year, as there are still too many questions about his health. No team would give up what it would likely cost to obtain Luck while there are still so many concerns. With that being said, the Colts will not trade Brissett either this season, unless they decide to throw in the towel at the midway point in the season. Honestly, if they could get enough for Brissett, it would make sense to deal him at any point. This is not a playoff team this year.

Either way, if either quarterback is likely to get dealt, it will not happen until 2018. At that point, the Browns and Jets will still desperately be searching for a franchise signal caller. Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler could retire. Again. Eli Manning could decide that he has had enough. Tyrod Taylor could get another dreaded vote of confidence. Blake Bortles could get released and John Elway could decide that he wants to go all-in again with another former Colts great. Who knows.

All I know that it is extremely unlikely that the Colts go into the 2018 NFL campaign with both Luck and Brissett on their roster.

 

About the author

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.