The Washington Commanders entered the offseason with a familiar problem: the quarterback. The team made a move on Wednesday to rectify that situation, reportedly agreeing to Deal with Jacoby BrissettAccording to Nikki Jhabvala of The Washington Post.
According to ESPN’s John Keim, the deal is reportedly for one year.
Brissett, 30, is coming off one of his finest seasons as a pro. In 11 starts with the Cleveland Browns, Brissett completed a career-high 64 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards. He threw 12 touchdowns against six interceptions.
Brissett likely set more career highs, but was replaced by Deshaun Watson after he ended up serving his suspension after being accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
A former third-round pick by the New England Patriots, Brissett has built a solid career as a sometimes starter, sometimes backup quarterback. He had strong moments in the NFL, but has yet to establish himself as the team’s long-term option.
It’s unclear how the Commanders view Brissett heading into the 2023 NFL season. After releasing Carson Wentz, the Commanders currently have 2022 fifth-round pick Sam Howell at the top of their depth chart. Howell made a debut last season. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a Week 18 win over the Dallas Cowboys. He also ran for 35 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Prior to signing Brissett, the Commanders indicated that Howell would be their starting quarterback in 2023. That may still be the plan, but Brissett gives the team a strong second option if Howell gets injured or the team doesn’t progress as expected.