Colts fans probably won’t like who has the best odds to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2021.
The Indianapolis Colts have been one of the most talked about teams in the league so far this offseason, and fans would agree that it’s been for all of the wrong reasons.
Not only were they left without a a starting quarterback and left tackle after veterans Philip Rivers and Anthony Castonzo announced their respective retirements, but they’re also fresh off watching budding offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni take the Eagles’ head coaching job.
Those are three huge losses, and what makes them seem even more crushing is the fact that Indy doesn’t have a direct replacement lined up for the two players.
When it comes to the quarterback position, the Colts will have to choose between signing a free agent, trading for an ascending superstar or drafting one of the top prospects in the first round. According to the latest odds for who will be under center for them in 2021, however, they’ll choose option No. 1 and re-sign Jacoby Brissett (!) in free agency.
Well, that certainly isn’t what we were expecting. If Brissett fell somewhere near the middle of the pack or towards the back end of the list we wouldn’t have even batted an eyelash. The fact that he came in at No. 1, however, should sound the alarms of the fan base.
We know these sort of projections almost never come to fruition, but oddsmakers wouldn’t throw Brissett in at +300 if they didn’t think there was a good chance that he’s the top option when all is said and done this offseason.
The 28-year-old obviously has the respect of the front office, but it says a lot about his ability to run an offense that Indy was a lot more successful with a 38-year-old Rivers pulling the strings this past season compared to Brissett in 2019. Brissett’s stats certainly suggested otherwise, but anybody with functioning eyes knows the offense looked more dynamic this year.
If you can shield yourself from names like Brian Hoyer, Chase Daniel, and Jameis Winston, the silver lining in it all is that Deshaun Watson managed to make the list and Lions marksman Matthew Stafford, who would be an ideal consolation prize if a bidding war for Watson was to come up short, has the third-best odds (+500) to be under center for the Colts in 2021.
Again, this all means nothing, but the fact oddsmakers are merely suggesting this has to have Colts fans on high alert for the remainder of the offseason.