ESPN The New England Patriots traded quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett on Saturday. The Colts are uncertain about quarterback Andrew Luck’s status for Week 1 after offseason shoulder surgery. Scott Tolzien is expected to start if Luck isn’t able to play against the Los Angeles Rams. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Dorsett was a 2015 first-round draft choice of the Colts (29th overall). He has played in 26 regular-season games (seven starts), totaling 51 catches for 753 yards and 3 touchdowns.
It’s an interesting time of the year in the NFL, teams are telling other teams that they are going to cut a player and make him a free agent because he did not make their team, and other teams are trading for those players so they do not have to compete to sign them on the free agent market. There have been several of these deals today including the New York Giants acquiring cornerback Ross Cockrell from the Steelers, the Seahawks acquiring offensive lineman Isiah Battle from the Chiefs, and the Patriots acquiring defensive lineman Cassius Marsh from the Seahawks. The Browns acquired Steelers wide receiver Sammy Coates. However the most interesting of these deals was the Patriots sending backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. A first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Dorsett was a great college player with speed to burn, but it never translated to the NFL as he was unproductive during his stint with the Colts. Maybe he can turn it around now that he’s catching passes from the great Tom Brady, and the Patriots have a hole at wide receiver, with Julian Edelman out for the season. Jacoby Brissett was effective last season, but the Patriots elected to keep only two quarterbacks, making Brissett expendable. The Colts need a quarterback, with Andrew Luck’s health a huge question mark, and Brissett could fill that role. Very interesting deal on cut day.