The Miami Dolphins have taken full swing in the NFL’s free agency period, and in the wake of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick signing with the Washington Football Team, Miami has come to an agreement with former Indianapolis Colts signal caller Jacoby Brissett on a one-year, $5 million dollar guaranteed contract.
Why Did Miami Go Out and Sign Jacoby Brissett?
The Dolphins already have their starting QB position filled by second-year guy Tua Tagovailoa so why are they interested in Brissett?
With their veteran backup QB gone, Miami needed another experienced game-changer in its QB room and went with a versatile player in Brissett. That said, the Dolphins decided on the sixth-year man out of North Carolina State amongst the number of available names in the FA market.
Brissett was drafted with the No. 91 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots after a four year college career. He spent the first two years of his college career as a backup at the University of Florida. After those two years as backup on the Gators, Brissett accumulated 455 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and four interceptions. After that he transferred to NC State to become the Wolf Pack starter.
With much more presentable numbers, Brissett accumulated 5,268 yards, 43 TDs and 11 INTs. With that, the Patriots decided to bring him into their dynasty and he was apart of their Super Bowl winning team against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI as a rookie.
Brissett Fluctuated in Starting Role in Indianapolis
The following season however, Brissett was traded to the Colts. With the inconsistency Indianapolis had with starting QB Andrew Luck at the time, Brissett was sure to get some playing time.
During Brissett’s first year with the Colts he started 15 of 16 games and threw for a career-high 3,098 yards. The season that followed Brissett lost his starting position to a healthy Luck, but surprisingly after that season, Luck retired and gave the job back to Brissett. Brissett held the starting position for the bulk of the 2019 season where he then hit a new career-high, passing for 18 scores.
Brissett’s Mobility A Big Sell in Miami Bringing Him to Dolphins
With all this to lean back on in such a young career, Brissett offers the Dolphins someone with experience to give pointers to an even younger Tagovailoa, as well as provide a solid backup to the growing Dolphins.
Brissett also offers the likes of mobility. He was known last season in Indianapolis for coming in for starting QB Philip Rivers in the red zone to score with his legs. Miami is working on making Tagovailoa more mobile, something he has been working on since having season-ending hip surgery during his final year at the University of Alabama.
Brissett Can Also Help Tagovailoa Find Wideouts, One of Best Available Names for Dolphins’ System
Tagovailoa struggled at times finding wide receivers in his rookie season. But he did have games, like in Glendale against the Arizona Cardinals, where his own rushing attack was on display, so Brissett while being a backup, will be able to help him in both categories.
Brissett bested available free agents such as Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Mitchell Trubisky and others in coming to Miami likely for his success in these categories. If he has to come in for Tagovailoa at any point during the 2021-22 season, head coach Brian Flores and General Manager Chris Grier likely took these skill sets into consideration.
There isn’t expected to be QB competition between Tagovailoa and Brissett and this signing by Miami was strictly to fill its need for a backup.