Broncos not interested in trading for Teddy Bridgewater
The New York Jets have a good problem. While they have yet to decide who exactly they will start under center come Week 1 of the regular season, they have three viable options in veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold. Of the three, Bridgewater is arguably attracting the most attention these days in large part because of the perceived notion that the Jets could use him as trade bait.
The Denver Broncos are among those being linked to Bridgewater, especially after general manager John Elway said that his team is not yet settled with the backup quarterback spot. That said, Jets are reportedly looking for a significant return worthy of a starter if they are going to ship Bridgewater to another team. In other words, the Jets value Bridgewater as a starter, while other teams think of him as only a backup.
That’s the same reason why James Palmer of the NFL Network believes that the Broncos will not entertain the idea of trading for Bridgewater – unless their starter, Case Keenum, gets hurt.
It’s my understanding the Broncos have no interest in Teddy Bridgewater as long as Case Keenum is healthy. Keenum is the guy and Denver has no interest in Bridgewater as a backup.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 21, 2018
It sounds like the Broncos are set with Keenum, who the team signed to a two-year contract last March, as the starter and likely Chad Kelly as the main backup. Kelly has widened the gap between him and Paxton Lynch for the No. 2 QB role with solid play in the preseason.
With the Jets seemingly not fielding enough interest for Bridgewater, it appears that the safer bet is on the quarterback staying in New York until at least the start of the regular season.