Extra Points: Brissett, Hackenberg, Cowboys, Seahawks, Bears

We heard yesterday that the Colts‘ had rejected the Seahawks offer of a second-round pick for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. However, Colts general manager Chris Ballard is saying the front office never talked trade with Seattle. The executive told ESPN’s Booger McFarland that the two sides had never discussed a trade for the 24-year-old (via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com).

We learned back in March that the Colts had rejected a pair of trade offers for Brissett, who they acquired from the Patriots last year. Colts owner Jim Irsay recently said that his club wouldn’t trade Brissett for a first-round pick, so it sounds like the organization is content with the quarterback as their potential longterm backup to Andrew Luck. Brissett was solid as a starter last season, compiling 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also rushed for an additional 260 yards and four scores.

Let’s take a look at some more notes from around the NFL…

  • After being released by the Raiders and before joining the Eagles, we had heard quarterback Christian Hackenberg had worked out with the Patriots. Well, it sounds like another team expressed interest in the former second-rounder, as Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets that Hackenberg had worked out for the Texans. Houston’s interest in the quarterback could indicate that the team isn’t happy with the current backups to Deshaun Watson, a grouping that includes Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb.
  • The Cowboys added one safety today when they signed Dominick Sanders. However, it sounds like the team is still seeking some reinforcement at the position, as Calvin Watkins of The Athletic tweets that the team will audition Jeron Johnson tomorrow. The former undrafted free agent out of Boise State has managed to appear in 64 games since entering the league in 2011, but he’s only appeared in four games over the past two years. His best season came in 2015 with the Redskins, when he compiled 27 tackles.
  • While the Cowboys continue to seek safety help, there apparently hasn’t been any progress with the Seahawks in regards to an Earl Thomas trade. Watkins tweets that “nothing new is happening” with Seattle, meaning there may not be an end in sight when it comes to the ongoing Thomas saga. The veteran Pro Bowler has sat out the first part of the preseason, and he’s requested a new contract or a trade.
  • The Bears announced (via Twitter) that cornerback Deiondre’ Hall has been suspended for the first game of the upcoming season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The 2016 fourth-rounder has appeared in 10 games through two seasons with Chicago, collecting nine tackles, three passes defended, and one interception. He was already on the roster bubble for the Bears, and his suspension might improve Doran Grant or Jonathon Mincy‘s chances of making the roster.
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15 comments on “Extra Points: Brissett, Hackenberg, Cowboys, Seahawks, Bears

  1. ddibasti26

    Hackenberg played for Coach B at Penn State which is probably why he got the tryout in Houston. I dont think he’s really had any chance to prove he’s a capable backup..I think it was more of a solid for Hack by Coach B.

    • bravesfan88

      That sounds about right…Also, I think Houston is okay with Weeden as their backup to Watson..Of course, they hope Weeden will only see the field during garbage time of a blowout in their favor, but for the time being, I think they’re comfortable with Weeden..

    • jb19

      Surprised this isn’t in the article. Why would anyone be ok w Weeden as a backup option? If he’s good in the locker room, make him a coach. He’s about that age now anyway.

      • nfunk115

        I agree, not that hack was that great at penn state, but at least he’s got some untapped unknown potential ceiling. He never really got a shot with the jets.

    • Polish Hammer

      A real solid, we’ll work you out get your hopes up and then walk away without an offer.

  2. Clark K

    I 100% believe Irsay when he says they won’t trade Brissett for a 1st. Look at how Luck has played so far, especially last night beyond obvious that he’s no longer a franchise QB. Plus he’s injury prone so if you trade Brissett and Luck gets injured you’re in the same situation as you were when Luck first got injured.

  3. bradthebluefish

    Brissett isn’t even that good. He’s fair but he still has work to do.

  4. tonysdog01

    If someone offered the Colts a number one for Brissett the Colts would gift wrap him and deliver him to the door of the buyer. Get serious.

    • crosseyedlemon

      There is no incentive to trade Brissett who is costing the Colts 25x less than Luck while he is under a rookie contract. They are hoping he can mature the way Derek Carr did with the Raiders.

  5. walshanater

    I don’t know who would of believed Seattle offered a 2nd round pick because they never even had one before the draft.

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