Report: Eagles to pursue QB Jacoby Brissett when free agency opens

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 22: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) looks downfield during the NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts on December 22, 2019 at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Philadelphia Eagles have significant interest in pending free agent QB Jacoby Brissett. Caplan stated this during the most recent episode of his ‘Inside The Birds’ podcast that the team will be ‘in on him’ when free agency opens

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Eagles need a backup for Jalen Hurts but reportedly want to keep competition to a minimum. Brissett has served in a QB2 role throughout his career while showing enough in starting situations to warrant a ‘fringe’ label. More importantly, he has plenty of ties to the Eagles.

New Head Coach Nick Sirianni was Jacoby Brissett’s offensive coordinator from 2018-2020. His last full season as a starter came in 2018 under Sirianni’s guidance and was easily his best. Between 2017-2019, Brissett started 30 games for the Colts due to injuries to Andrew Luck. In that timeframe, he completed 59.8% of his passes, threw for 31 TD and 13 INT along with 6,042 yards and an 84.6 QBR.

Brissett has backed up Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, and Phillip Rivers. At 28-years-old, he’s experienced plenty of situations as both a starter and a QB2 and mentoring Jalen hurts would be the perfect next step to take in his development as a leader. The Eagles could do a lot worse than Jacoby Brissett, who has way more than just schematic familiarity working in his favor here.

Free agency will begin on Wednesday March 17th at 4PM EST, but the legal tampering period is officially open as of right now. This gives teams a three-day window to negotiate with pending UFA’s and suggest basic outlines of a potential deal. It’s a way of doing some due diligence before the big red light illuminates and everything goes 0-100. It would not be surprising if Brissett were to receive a call from his old offensive coordinator between now and Wednesday.

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