Chicago Bears’ cheap free agency quarterback target: Jacoby Brissett
The Colts traded for Jacoby Brissett after injuries to Andrew Luck kept piling up. Eventually, Luck retired making Brissett the full-time starter of a weak Indianapolis Colts’ offense. He didn’t do too well for them as the Colts pushed hard to get Phillip Rivers this offseason as their starter.
Brissett started a full season last in 2019 for the Colts as they were 7-8 under him. It remains to be seen if the Colts will try to pursue him as Rivers is also a free agent after this season, but it is highly unlikely they do as Brissett wasn’t much to brag about for them.
In 2019, Brissett completed 60.9% of his passes for 2,942 yards and 18 touchdowns to only six interceptions posting an 88.0 passer rating. He was very serviceable, but he also didn’t throw the ball downfield a lot. That could be perfect for Matt Nagy’s weak offense.
Brissett again isn’t a world-beater, but he takes care of the football and can give the Bears’ a solid backup option or even starting option if he beats out Foles. He may not be better than Foles, but he still is a great option to have as a backup.
The Bears aren’t going to find their franchise quarterback via free agency at least this season. If they want their franchise quarterback this offseason, they will likely need to try and pay up for Dak Prescott, trade for one like Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, or Matt Ryan, or trade up in the draft to get one of the big four quarterbacks.
They will likely have to settle this offseason with a cheap option unfortunately given their cap situation. The Bears could additionally play the waiting game like the New England Patriots did to see who becomes available. Regardless, they need to add depth.