Colts trade former first-rounder Dorsett to Patriots for QB Brissett
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have traded quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for receiver Phillip Dorsett.
The deal was announced Saturday in advance of the deadline for NFL teams to set their 53-man rosters for the start of the regular season.
The trade fills needs for both teams. By bringing in Brissett, the Colts add some depth at quarterback with Andrew Luck still working his way back from shoulder surgery. Brissett, a third-round pick in 2016, started two games as a rookie last season while Tom Brady served his four-game "Deflategate" suspension.
By adding Dorsett, a first-round draft pick in 2015, the Patriots get another capable pass catcher with Julian Edelman out for the season with a knee injury.
The Colts also activated Andrew Luck from the physically unable to perform list on a busy Saturday as they trimmed their roster from 90 to 53 players.
Luck had been on PUP since late July, making him ineligible to practice. It's still unlikely he will play in next Sunday's season opener.
Veterans released included defensive tackles T.Y. McGill and David Parry, and linebackers Akeem Ayers and Sean Spence. Projected starting safety Clayton Geathers will open the season on PUP, as expected, and three players, including linebacker Edwin Jackson, went on injured reserve.