By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Jets signed free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year deal in March. After the team traded up to get the No. 3 overall pick with the Indianapolis Colts and drafting former USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold, his time has come to an end before it started.
Bridgewater is now expected to be traded. This was expected to be the case after the team re-worked his team from a one-year, $15 million deal to a one-year deal with $6 million guaranteed with an additional $9 million in incentives.
While he looked good last week at OTAs, ESPN’s Rich Cimini is reporting that the Jets original intention was to trade Bridgewater for a draft pick. Yet, he also says that Jets head coach Todd Bowles will want to start the best quarterback available.
The Jets presently have four quarterbacks: Bridgewater, Josh McCown — who started the majority of last season, Darnold, and Bryce Petty. The team recently traded former quarterback Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.
It is very unlikely that Bridgewater ends up as the starter. They knew this when they switched his contract. Whoever begins the season, they will just be keeping the seat warm behind center for Darnold to take over within the middle of the season, potentially even sooner.
The 25-year-old Bridgewater returned last season after suffering a horrific injury in 2016 that many thought he would never play again. The former Louisville quarterback went 0-for-2 with an interception in the regular season finale.
When he was a top young quarterback, he went to the Pro Bowl in 2015 after going 292 of 447 for 3,231 yards, including two 300-plus passing yardage games. He had 14 touchdowns to nine interceptions.
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