The Patriots announced that it signed third-round quarterback Jacoby Brissett, was the ninth and final New England draft pick to come to terms. The North Carolina State product inked a four-year deal worth $3,410,832, which is more than 17 players drafted ahead of the No. 91 overall slot where Brissett was taken, Volin noted.
Brissett would be elevated to Jimmy Garoppolo’s backup if Tom Brady’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension is upheld — and if the Patriots don’t bring in any other quarterbacks. The case is working its way through the federal courts.
Though Brissett’s rookie salaries are slotted based on draft position, the CBA allows for more creativity in the deals for third-rounders. One agent told the Florida Times-Union that the third round is the “wild, wild West” for negotiations.
Despite the fact that he was not technically under contract, Brissett was present for rookie minicamp, OTAs and mandatory minicamp. He showed a relatively accurate arm and good decision-making in team drills during practices open to the media, giving coach Bill Belichick two seemingly-capable young quarterbacks behind Tom Brady.