According to multiple reports, the Washington Commanders are signing free agent Browns QB Jacoby Brissett:
The Washington #Commanders are signing QB Jacoby Brissett to a one-year, $8 million deal that can hit $10 million, per source. Washington gets a starting option for a quarterback who played well for Cleveland last year. pic.twitter.com/EjALh2lyCa— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 15, 2023
While it's not quite as nice as the contract he once received from the Indianapolis Colts, Brissett only had a $4.65 million deal with the Browns last year. Due to his solid performance as a starter in Cleveland (filling in for the suspended Deshaun Watson), Brissett was able to nearly double his 2023 salary to $8 million. His deal with Washington can get up to $10 million if he meets certain incentives.
Brissett will be missed. He started in Week 1 and started 11 games total, far exceeding expectations with his play. He completed 64% of his passes for 2,608 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He also ran the ball pretty well, having 243 yards rushing and 2 additional touchdowns.
Even though he went 4-7 at the team’s starter, he played way better than the record would indicate, and should’ve had at least two or three other wins. However, this is Watson’s ship in 2023 onward, and with the amount of money they are shelling out for him, it's hard to see Cleveland paying much for their backup quarterback this year.
In other former Browns quarterback news, Baker Mayfield signed an $8.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier today, giving him a chance to be Tom Brady’s succesor: