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Report: New York Jets Turn Focus to Teddy Bridgewater

After missing out on Cousins, Teddy could be the Jets' plan B

The QB dominoes continue to fall. After it was reported early this morning that former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was signing with the Denver Broncos, it was announced that Kirk Cousins will be signing with the Minnesota Vikings. Now, we have a possible destination for free agent Teddy Bridgewater.

Dianna Russini of ESPN reached out to her sources with the New York Jets. They told her that if the Jets don’t land Cousins, they will turn their attention to Bridgewater to fill their quarterback vacancy. Well, with multiple reports connecting the Vikings with Cousins, expect the Jets to turn their focus to the 25 year-old.

At this point it’s unclear whether or not there’s mutual interest between the team and Bridgewater.

It was reported earlier in the week that Bridgewater, who spent the first six weeks of the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, was considered a viable “backup plan” for the Vikings. He ultimately returned to the field in Week 15 against the Bengals, but the health of his knee is still very much an unknown.

UPDATES:

Bryant McFadden of CBS Sports reported the Jets are finalizing a deal with Bridgewater. Details on the contract, if agreed upon, will be listed here once reported.

According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, Bridgewater’s deal is roughly $5 million. It was later reported that it can reach $6 million with incentives, per Chris Tomasson.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network later reported Bridgewater’s deal is actually worth up to $15 million.

 

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Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. Beggars can’t be choosers, and the Jets are only half a step up from the Browns. No credible franchise was going to sign Bridgewater, and the Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor. Bridgewater can go to the Jets and watch them immediately draft his successor. It is a good day to be a Vikings fan.

    Hopefully all the Bridgewater fans pretending to be Vikings fans will follow in his footsteps. Those people are worse than Packer fans.

    1. Teddy got a pass from the Vikings media but New York media will eat him alive when they find out that he’s just a mediocre QB.

      1. If he’s healthy there’s a chance he could surprise. Too bad there’s not much help around him on that offense

  2. According to reports, it looks like the Jets are signing both Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown, while not ruling out drafting a QB with the sixth overall pick in the draft. Teddy is coming off that horrible injury but is only 25, has two years of starting experience under his belt, a winning record, and an appearance in both the playoffs and the Pro Bowl. McCown will be 39 when the season starts, has tons of experience but neither the winning record nor the playoff or Pro Bowl appearances, and has been wildly inconsistent the last five years, with passer ratings of 109.0, 70.5, 93.3, 72.3 and 94.5. But look at those passer ratings again; when McCown has been good the last five years, he’s been very, very good, better than Bridgewater was in his first two years in the league, and Bridgewater’s passer ratings were very good for a rookie and second-year QB.

    The Jets are gambling that Bridgewater and/or McCown can be their bridge QB until whoever they draft is ready to take over this year or next or the year after, but they are covering all of their bets by signing both QB’s. McCown covers the chance they are taking on signing a QB coming off of a devastating injury, while Bridgewater covers the bet they are taking on re-signing an old QB with roller-coaster tendencies. But Bridgewater also covers their bet on whichever rookie they take in the draft, assuming that is still in the cards, because rookies have a high failure rate, and they could have a young, starting-level QB in place – IF his knee holds up enough for Teddy to still be effective – in the event said rookie is another Geno Smith or Christian Hackenberg (which he might be, if the powers that be fall in love with this year’s Mr. Inaccuracy, Josh Allen).

    I like this pair of moves by the Jets more than the alternatives. Sam Bradford is apparently getting a very generous deal with Arizona, while Case Keenum is getting more of a prove-it deal from Denver but apparently still has many skeptics around the league over his long-term viability as a starter. And there is just way more tape of Bridgewater and McCown than there is of A.J. McCarron. This is a set of good, judicious gambles. Let’s just hope they don’t screw up picking a QB in the draft.

  3. This is not good for us I just have a bad feeling about Cousins, offering him a big deal is not good. They need to have a clause that if he flops as per his norm in last part of games they can dump him and get somebody that can actually do something.

    1. Haha, well he only plans to sign a 3-year deal, so it’s not like the Vikings are screwed for the next decade.

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