Teddy Bridgewater agrees to a one-year deal with the Jets
New York is still expected to consider taking a quarterback with their first round pick (sixth overall) in the draft, and they also agreed to a one-year deal with veteran signal caller Josh McCown. Given the brief length of their contracts, it’s clear the Jets aren’t relying on either as the long-term solution under center.
After a near career-ending injury in 2016, the 25-year-old managed to return to the field last season for the Vikings, but he wasn’t able to wrestle the starting job away from Case Keenum. All three of Minnesota’s quarterbacks from last season have agreed to deals elsewhere with free agency just beginning (Keenum with the Broncos and Sam Bradford with the Arizona Cardinals).
Of course, they don’t seem to mind after landing the most highly coveted QB on the open market, Kirk Cousins.
Bridgewater led the Vikings to the postseason in 2015 only to lose to the Seattle Seahawks in heartbreaking fashion in the Wild Card round. That year, he threw for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while taking the NFC North crown.
McCown has reportedly been told that he’ll be the starter for the 2017 season, but Bridgewater will clearly have an opportunity to win the job in camp. The Jets haven’t reached the postseason since 2010 and aren’t expected to in 2018, but they still have a bevy of cap space, in addition to the draft, to continue to reshape their roster.