After leaving the Miami Dolphins last season, QB Jacoby Brissett signed with his fourth team in seven seasons this offseason. Let’s take a look at where the former NC State QB has taken snaps under NFL center and look at his career earnings so far.
Jacoby Brissett’s NFL Teams
Brissett’s one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns brings his career total to four teams.
- New England Patriots (2016-2017)
- Indianapolis Colts (2017-2020)
- Miami Dolphins (2021)
- Cleveland Browns (2022)
While four teams in seven years isn’t the craziest NFL journey to behold, it is a head turner. Brissett’s career has had its ups and downs, including a trade, a lucrative extension and a transition to life as a substitute.
Patriots retake Brissett
After two successful seasons as the starting QB for the North Carolina State Wolfpack, Brissett generated buzz in a 2016 NFL Draft class that included Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. New England selected Brissett in the third round with the 91st pick.
It wouldn’t be long before Brissett made his NFL debut, coming into the Patriots’ 2016 Week 2 game against the Dolphins after Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his AC joint. Where was Tom Brady, you ask? Brady was serving a four-game suspension following the Deflategate investigation. Brissett started the next two games, with Brady taking over in Week 5.
Brissett suffered a thumb injury in his first win as a starting QB against the Houston Texans in Week 3, but will face the Bills the following week. When New England needed a roster spot for Brady in Week 5, Brissett underwent thumb surgery and was placed on injured reserve until Week 15.
Indianapolis calls New England
During the 2017 offseason, Colts QB Andrew Luck underwent shoulder surgery due to issues with a previous injury. His rehab took longer than expected and Luck missed the 2017 season. In a rare player trade, the Colts traded WR Phillip Dorsett to the New England Patriots in exchange for Brissett.
Scott Tolzien started the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, but Brissett would take over in Week 2 and remain the starter. He threw for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions as the Colts stumbled to a 4-12 record. After Luck recovered from his shoulder surgery, he would return to the substitute role in 2018.
Expecting to spend another season as a backup in 2019, Brissett was thrust into the starting position following Luck’s surprise retirement from the NFL. The same day he was traded two years earlier, Brissett signed a two-year, $30 million contract extension on September 2.
He would lead the Colts to a 7-8 record, missing a game through injury. Brissett completed just under 61% of his passes for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The following season, Indianapolis brought in Philip Rivers to elevate performance at QB. Brissett remained with the Colts as a backup to Rivers, appearing in 11 games, mostly on rushing attempts. Indianapolis left Brissett the following offseason.
A bizarre year with the Miami Dolphins
Brissett signed with the Dolphins in the 2021 offseason, reuniting him with former New England assistant coach Brian Flores. Tabbed to be the replacement for QB Tua Tagovailoa, Brissett once again saw the field much earlier than expected. After a rib injury forced Tua out of the Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills, Brissett took over and would start the next three weeks.
Tua would return in Week 6 only to miss time again with a broken throwing hand. Brissett played against Houston in Week 9 and started Week 10 against the Ravens. However, he wouldn’t finish that as Tua replaced him in the second half. Miami was 1-4 in games where Brissett took 75% or more of the snaps.
Brian Flores was fired after the season. With Mike McDaniel pushing his chips behind Tua and bringing in Teddy Bridgewater, Brissett was looking for another gig after just one season.
Brissett heads to AFC North
After signing with the Cleveland Browns, Brissett joined his fourth team this past offseason. The deal came just a day after the Browns traded for QB Deshaun Watson, whose unresolved legal issues have created uncertainty over his availability to start the season. When the Browns signed Brissett, he was the backup. However, much like his past destinations, he found a substantial departure opportunity sooner than expected.
No one knew how long Watson would be suspended, and when the initial six-game sentence was handed down, it didn’t pose a significant threat to the Browns’ season. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goddell appealed the suspension, wanting it to be longer, and the sentence was extended to 11 games. While Brissett hasn’t been terrible, Cleveland has struggled with inferior opponents so far this season. If Brissett can’t get things done, the Browns may be forced to make a switch pending Watson’s suspension.
Jacoby Brissett’s net worth and contracts
Brissett has earned quite a bit of money despite his frequent skips in the league. His ability as a starter may have limited him to backup potential, but he always finds the right time to sign his contracts. Brissett is said to have career earnings of $41 million. Here’s a breakdown of how he earned that money over his career.
As mentioned earlier, Brissett started his career with the Patriots. He signed his four-year, $3.4 million rookie contract in June 2016. The Patriots would go through a year of the deal before trading him to the Colts.
Indianapolis offered Brissett a two-year, $30 million extension in 2019. The extension would keep Brissett with the Colts through the 2020 NFL season while increasing base salary by 272% over 2018. He would also receive a bounty of $7 million in 2020. .
Brissett has signed more team-friendly deals over the past two years as his role has changed from starter to substitute. In the 2021 offseason, Brissett signed a one-year, $5 million contract to be the backup in Miami. In 2022, he signed a one-year, $4.65 million contract with the Browns.
While those are much higher than his rookie contract, they pale in comparison to Indianapolis’ monster extension. At this point, barring a breakthrough in his career, Brissett should expect his contracts to remain around those numbers for the foreseeable future.