Jacoby Brissett, Commanders agree to one-year contract

The Washington Commanders have landed on the quarterback who will compete with Sam Howell.

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett is expected to sign with Washington on a one-year contract, a source with knowledge of the situation said. The 30-year-old started 11 games for Cleveland last season when Deshaun Watson was suspended and impressed with a rating of 59.9 on ESPN’s advanced metric for quarterbacks. Bisset’s mark was the eighth-best in the league, and put him ahead of big names like Lamar Jackson.

Brissett is a veteran with starting and backup experience in stints with the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Browns. He has started 48 games in 76 outings, holding a record of 18-30 as a starter.

Brissett replaces fan-favorite Taylor Heinicke, who left a day earlier to sign a two-year, $14 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

ESPN reported that Brissett’s contract is worth up to $10 million and holds $8 million guaranteed.

Earlier in the offseason, Commanders coach Ron Rivera named Sam Howell as the team’s likely starter in 2023 after the 2022 fifth-rounder finished the year strong with an upset win over the Dallas Cowboys in his NFL debut.  But Rivera has cautioned that the 22-year-old must win the job outright through training camp.

Brissett, in theory, could provide serious competition for Howell. Last season, Brissett threw for 2,608 yards for 12 touchdowns to six interceptions and completed a career-high 64% of his passes. The Browns went just 4-7 in those starts, though Brissett performed better statistically than Watson — who made his return in Week 13 following an 11-game suspension.

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