Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Commanders. Brissett’s deal is worth up to $10 million and includes $8 million guaranteed.
The Commanders didn’t make a big splash at quarterback by landing Brissett, but they found a player who fills a desired role: a solid backup who can compete for a starting job.
Brissett will replace Taylor Heinicke, who agreed to a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera has said repeatedly that Sam Howell, a fifth-round pick last spring, will enter the offseason as the team’s starting quarterback — but that he still must earn the job.
Rivera wanted competition for Howell, which Brissett will provide.
The Cleveland Browns signed Brissett to a one-year deal last March, four days after they traded for quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Cleveland brought in Brissett to fill in for Watson, who was facing suspension after being accused by more than two dozen women of sexual assault and inappropriate sexual misconduct during massage sessions. Watson wound up serving an 11-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, by committing sexual assault, as defined by the league.
The Browns went just 4-7 with Brissett as their starter; Brissett himself, however, shined. With him at quarterback, Cleveland ranked sixth in the league in offensive efficiency.