The New York Jets appeared to be one of the frontrunners to win the Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes in the offseason. Although he chose to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets were quickly able to bounce back with a strong contingency plan.
New York wasted no time in signing former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater while bringing back last year's starter Josh McCown. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, team CEO Christopher Johnson was ultimately happy with how things shook out:
“We moved very quickly to Plan B,” Johnson said “It’s almost a shame to call it Plan B, because it’s shaping up as something pretty magnificent. I’m pretty excited about it. We did so swiftly. It doesn’t hurt it all that we now have an awful lot of money that we were thinking we might be sending out the door to one player. Now [we] have that back with us and we can spread that out over a lot of other players over the next few years.”
Needless to say, there is good reason for Johnson to be optimistic about their future under center moving forward. New York recently traded up to the No. 3 spot in the 2018 NFL Draft by giving up a bevy of picks to the Indianapolis Colts. That said, there is little doubt that they will take one of the top quarterback prospects in this class. Furthermore, there is no need to rush their future signal-callers development with their two other quarterbacks serving as viable options for the time being.
Bridgewater was touted as one of the more promising, young quarterbacks in the league before his devastating knee injury. Meanwhile, McCown is coming off a solid campaign in New York where he even took home AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 13 before his season was cut short by a broken hand. It will be interesting to see how this quarterback battle shakes out in training camp.