Jacoby Brissett backing up Deshaun Watson was nearly a Miami Dolphins reality in 2021.
Now, the two quarterbacks will be together with the Cleveland Browns.
Brissett, a West Palm Beach native and Dwyer High grad, reportedly is expected to sign with the Browns on Saturday, according to ESPN. The move, which ends Brissett’s tenure with his hometown Dolphins after one season, was made a day following the Browns’ blockbuster trade for Watson, the former Houston Texans quarterback.
Brissett started five games and played in 11 last season in Miami. He saw plenty of action between starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s separate rib and finger injuries that caused him to miss time. Brissett also had a role in short-yardage situations to execute — or at least decoy — quarterback sneaks.
Brissett was 2-3 in his five starts, but one of the wins was finished by Tagovailoa, when he came in for Brissett with the Dolphins leading 6-3 early in the second half of the 22-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 11. Brissett also played most of the Dolphins’ Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills after Tagovailoa was knocked out by a booming hit from Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa to cap Miami’s second offensive series.
Brissett threw for 1,283 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions on a 62.7 completion percentage. He added 70 rushing yards on 19 carries, with a touchdown and nine first downs on the ground.
The Dolphins signed another local quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, who played in high school at Miami Northwestern, to be Tagovailoa’s backup in 2022. In addition, Miami has Chris Streveler as a third quarterback on its roster after signing him in February.
The Dolphins were involved in trade talks for Watson in the 2021 offseason, into the preseason and throughout the year up until the Nov. 2 trade deadline.
Watson faces 22 civil lawsuits from women alleging sexual misconduct, including two that allege sexual assault. Last week, he was cleared of criminal charges by a grand jury, re-opening trade interest from teams. Miami, however, already decided to close its chapter of any pursuit of Watson earlier in the offseason, affirming a commitment to third-year pro Tagovailoa for the upcoming season.
Brissett heads into his seventh NFL season and joins a fourth team. He previously played for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, getting 37 starts, 30 during his time with the Colts.
The Browns, who traded backup quarterback Case Keenum to the Bills on Saturday, still have decide where to deal former starter Baker Mayfield as Brissett joins Cleveland to back up Watson.
Brissett starred for Dwyer as a 2011 grad before a college career that saw him play for Florida and North Carolina State. He won a state championship with the Panthers in 2009.
Source: Berkshire mont