While the Indianapolis Colts appear committed to Jacoby Brissett taking over the starting role — he has filled in for Luck, and Tom Brady while with the Patriots, before — they are still suddenly in the market for a viable backup option in case things do not work out with Brissett.
Here is a look at some names to keep an eye on:
WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks goes into greater detail of this possibility, but the Philadelphia Eagles just signed 40-year-old Josh McCown fairly late into the preseason, signaling that Sudfield is no longer the favorite to backup Carson Wentz. The Colts have also expressed interest in Sudfeld in the past, trying to acquire him from the Eagles’ practice squad in 2017. If the Eagles are indeed committed to McCown, it could be interesting if the Colts come calling to Philadelphia.
Yes, we know. There is no way that Giants ownership would ever trade Manning, and the 38-year-old has a no-trade clause, but hypothetically speaking, it should be worth exploring. Rookie Daniel Jones has impressed in preseason to the point where he may take over for the Giants at some point this season if they struggle out of the gate. For Manning, he would be going to a franchise where his brother dominated the NFL, but also would be behind perhaps the best offensive line in the league with weapons that could get him into the playoffs for one last run. It would never happen, but it’s not so crazy to consider.
While Keenum was named the starter for Washington, the future is rookie Dwayne Haskins, which makes the 31-year-old journeyman expendable if they decide to change course. The Redskins also have Colt McCoy who can either slide into the backup role or start until Haskins is ready. Meanwhile, Keenum has had experience leading a team into the playoffs, taking the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship game two years ago, and would be a reliable backup or starter in Indianapolis. The Redskins gave up a sixth and seventh-round pick for Keenum, but may be able to get a better return from the Colts with the season about to start.
Bridgewater has not played a full season in the NFL since 2015 due to a gruesome knee injury, but he is still just 26 years old and continues to show flashes that he can be a serviceable quarterback in the league. In a Week 17 game last season against the Panthers, Bridgewater completed 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown and interception. The Saints have Taysom Hill, who they use in other ways in the offense, to also backup Brees, giving them some flexibility to make a trade.
Fitzpatrick is another journeyman involved in a quarterback competition with a younger quarterback, Josh Rosen, and could be a good fit for the Colts if the Miami Dolphins decide to fully commit to their rebuild with Rosen under center. The competition has been fairly close this preseason, with many in the Miami media clamoring to start Rosen because it is indeed a rebuild year. Fitzpatrick, 36, could fill in as either a backup or starter on the Colts and showed last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he can still put up big numbers, although he struggled with consistency.