The Colts have their starting quarterback set for this year, but that’s it. What are their future plans at that position?
Philip Rivers signed a one-year deal to be in Indianapolis for 2020. Even though Frank Reich said yesterday that he envisions multiple years with Rivers, that still might not be the case. The most real possibility is that he stays with the Colts for two years.
After that though there really isn’t a plan at quarterback. Jacoby Brissett‘s contract expires in 2020, and he is unlikely to be brought back. Jacob Eason was drafted in April and has the chance to earn his spot as quarterback of the future.
Right now, that is the most likely scenario. The Colts are hoping that Eason can develop into a franchise quarterback after he sits and learns for a couple of years behind Rivers. Eason has fantastic talent and can make all the throws. He just needs to be coached up a little bit.
What if Eason isn’t the man for the Colts?
If Eason doesn’t show much in practice this year, they could always try to draft a quarterback next year. While they likely won’t be bad enough as a team to earn the right to draft Justin Fields or Trevor Lawrence, there are other guys who could be the answer.
A guy like K.J Costello could be a nice first-round pick for them if they decide to go that route. He’s big and strong and is hard to bring down. While they could draft a QB in the first round next year, they likely would wait until later in the draft or until 2022.
Right now, the plan is for Eason to eventually take over for Rivers. Hopefully, he develops enough where he can do so effectively.