The Giants have a lot of quarterback options this offseason, very few of which would exactly blow away their fans.
But they may have to blow away Indianapolis to land one of them.
The Colts, who possess one of the most enticing backup quarterbacks in the league in Jacoby Brissett, want the NFL world to know they are open for business and are setting their sights high.
Colts GM Chris Ballard admitted he has talked with Brissett about the possibility of trading him this offseason, as the 25-year-old is set to enter the final season of his rookie-league contract — making him especially affordable and attractive to interested teams.
“It would have to be right [fit] organizationally, and for him,” Ballard told reporters Monday as the Colts wrapped up their season, which ended with a 31-13 playoff loss to the Chiefs. “I want to do the right thing for the player, too, now. I want to do the right thing for Jacoby. Jacoby has too much value to us, not only as our backup quarterback, who I think you can absolutely win with and I think he’s a starter in the league, but also to the locker room. He is well-respected throughout the locker room by both sides of the ball — offensively and defensively.
“… It would take somebody doing something that would absolutely blow me away, and it has to be the right thing for the kid, too,” Ballard added. “I’m not just sending him anywhere.”
Brissett, a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2016, impressed immediately that season in filling in for Tom Brady, and then was flipped to Indy for receiver Phillip Dorsett just before the start of the 2017 season. He did not sparkle but did not flop as he filled Andrew Luck’s shoes last year, completing 58.8 percent of his passes and throwing 13 touchdowns to seven interceptions (plus four rushing touchdowns) in 15 games started, all while still picking up the playbook.
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With Luck healthy this season, he reverted to backup, a role Ballard praised him for. If he is to be traded, it would likely be to a team looking for competition at the quarterback spot.
“He is a special, special teammate,” Ballard said. “I think you’ve all seen it. You’ve been through that locker room. He is well-respected. And I think the relationship between him and Andrew has become very strong over time — and as you would expect in that quarterback room.”
The Giants have Eli Manning entering the final year of his contract and are coming off a 5-11 disaster. The quarterback options in the draft are not hyped — although Dwayne Haskins and possibly Kyler Murray could intrigue. Nick Foles also could be on the market — a thin market that might never be better for the Colts to trade Brissett.
“This is what I told Jacoby: I said, ‘I’m not giving you away. Won’t do it,’” Ballard said. “I said I had chances last year and I didn’t do it, and I won’t do it again.”