2016 NFL Draft

Patriots sign QB Jacoby Brissett to rookie contract

Patriots sign QB Jacoby Brissett to rookie contract

The Patriots finally have all nine of their draft picks under contract. 

The team announced that it signed its third-round quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Thursday. The North Carolina State product inked a four-year deal worth $3,410,832, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. That amount is more than 17 players drafted ahead of the No. 91 overall slot where Brissett was taken, Volin noted.

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound signal-caller is set to be the Patriots No. 2 quarterback for the first month of the season behind Jimmy Garoppolo should Tom Brady be forced to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate. Brady is currently waiting to hear from the Second Circuit on whether or not that court will rehear his case.

Brissett's contract negotiations were unique on a few different accounts. First, he opted not to hire an agent during the pre-draft process. Instead, he was helped through the process by the NFLPA and by former NFL safety Abe Elam. 

Brissett's negotiations were also complicated by the fact that he was drafted in the third round. Though 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. 

Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

Many -- most? -- of Tom Brady's teammates, and ex-teammates, feel the same as the denizens of Patriots Nation: That the future Hall of Fame quarterback has been unfairly railroaded in the kangaroo court of Roger Goodell and Ted Wells and the NFL.

Unlike the rest, however, Kevin Faulk had the chance to do something about it.

He made an unmistakable statement when, while making one of the Patriots' picks at the recent NFL Draft, he whipped off his jacket and displayed a Patriots jersey adorned with Brady's No. 12. And he punctuated it with a look of total defiance on his face.

Pats fans loved it. And so did a certain quarterback.

Brady called Faulk and, according to the ex-running back, told him: "Thank you for just showing the respect that we had for each other."

"That was all it [was]," Faulk said Tuesday morning on Toucher & Rich. "It wasn't [a] big, drawn-out deal, nothing like that. It was, 'Thank you.' . . .

"We may not talk every day, but whenever we do pick up the phone to call to each other, we can help each other out."

Still, Faulk admitted to nerves prior to the moment, Until . . . 

"[I] went to the green room right before they take you to the stage," he related. "And the girl who took me to the green room, she was a New England Patriots fan. And she was like, 'I love it!' So that just gave me that much more . . . confidence.

"It was like, 'Let's go do this!' "

New QB Brissett comes in with high praise from Parcells, Weis

New QB Brissett comes in with high praise from Parcells, Weis

Suddenly, there’s an awful lot on the plate of young Jacoby Brissett.

Drafted in the third round by the Patriots, he’s charged with learning one of the most difficult offenses to in the NFL, performing in one of the league’s most demanding programs, dealing with being two heart attacks away from being the starter for a dynastic franchise and living up to the advance billing that’s built him up as one of the great Americans of the 21st century.

Bill Parcells, who’s known Brissett since the NC State product was in high school, spoke to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. The Tuna pumped Brissett’s tires up beyond all reasonable inflation levels.

“He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown-type player,” Parcells said, reeling off the names of one Pro Football Hall of Famer and two Patriots Hall of Famers. “That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s what New England is getting. Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who’ve been successful — he’s very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.”

Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who coached Brissett at Florida in Weis’ vagabond post-Patriots career, was also reached by the intrepid Guregian.

“I only got to coach him for one season, but I absolutely loved the kid as a player and a person,” said Weis. “I couldn’t be any happier that he ended up in New England.”

There’s much more from both Weis and Parcells but I’m not going to scavenge the whole article so click here to see it. 

Meanwhile, Josh McDaniels on Monday also spoke about Brissett in complimentary but far-less-fawning terms.

“We’ll find out more as we get to know him in our building, but I know we feel good about the kid,” said McDaniels. “He did a lot of good things in college. He played in a lot of big games and played against some really good football teams. He performed well and admirably for his team. He takes care of the ball, makes some smart decisions. He’s a big kid and sometimes he’s hard to bring down in the pocket. There are some other things that we’ll get a better chance to see and evaluate when he gets here, but I’m looking forward to working with him.”

We already heard from Brissett in his post-draft conference call and he was enjoyable. But it will be interesting to speak with him in the flesh when the 2016 rookies are introduced en masse. No doubt by then the Patriots will have stressed to Brissett the importance of being a name, rank, serial number conversationalist rather than delving too deeply into his pre-Patriots relationships with former New England coaches.