The Washington Commanders entered the offseason with the familiar problem: They needed an above average quarterback. The team took one step to rectify that situation Wednesday, reportedly agreeing to a deal with Jacoby Brissett, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post.
The deal is reportedly for one year, according to John Keim of ESPN.
Brissett's deal is for one year. Solid move for a guy who was a solid starter for Cleveland last year and who knows how to be in a backup role. Will help for a young QB like Sam Howell.— John Keim (@john_keim) March 15, 2023
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 6 interceptions.
Brissett likely would have set more career highs, but was replaced by Deshaun Watson once he finished serving his suspension after being accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women.
A former third-round pick by the New England Patriots, Brissett has carved out a solid career as a sometimes starter, sometimes backup quarterback. He's had strong moments in the NFL, but has not established himself as a team's long-term option yet.
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 one start last season. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards in a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 18. Howell threw a touchdown and an interception in the contest. He also ran for 35 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Prior to signing Brissett, the Commanders indicated Howell will 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 doesn't progress as much as the team hoped.
This story will be updated.