Jacoby Brissett - Commanders QB
All the hype this offseason has been centered on Sam Howell and whether he can finally become the franchise quarterback the Washington Commanders need. That's a lot to ask of a second-year pro taken on Day 3, but there is quiet confidence from those within the building that extra responsibilities are exactly what the former fifth-round requires to flourish.
In an ideal world, Howell will step up and lead the Commanders to better things moving forward. If the signal-caller cannot meet increased expectations, then the team did at least acquire a dependable insurance policy should the worst happen.
Jacoby Brissett penned a one-year deal with $7.5 million guaranteed after impressing during his time under center with the Cleveland Browns in 2022 until Deshaun Watson returned from a long suspension. While the veteran is being tasked with providing Howell with a strong mentor presence in the quarterback room, signing for the Commanders also indicates a level of confidence that he can secure playing time.
This is a fascinating dynamic to watch throughout the summer. Ron Rivera said there would be a genuine quarterback competition throughout training camp, even if Brissett is starting from behind as the Commanders get as many reps into Howell as they possibly can before things get more serious in the coming weeks.
Regardless of how this goes for Brissett, it would be a big shock if his stint with the Commanders wasn't a one-and-done arrangement. Like it or not, that is the life of a journeyman quarterback.