New York Jets finalizing deal with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 16, 2018,
Mar 16, 2018, 0:46
The deal will become official following a physical and the opening of the NFL's free agency period on Wednesday. The decision of the Jets to add quarterback Teddy Bridgewater complicates the situation.
The New York Jets are set to make a splash on the first day of free agency after agreeing deals with five players on Tuesday.
Bridgewater, who was drafted in the first round (32nd overall) by the Vikings in 2014, showed promise in his first two seasons but suffered a serious leg injury that sidelined him for all of 2016 and most of 2017. He exhibited impressive accuracy, touch and improvisational ability to go with an intermediate-to-deep ball that surpassed expectations.
It's certainly not too hard to believe Bridgewater and his representatives are taking their time finding him the best possible deal.
The only other quarterback now signed by the Vikings is former undrafted free agent Kyle Sloter. Sam Bradford is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater has also been reported as finding a suitor for his services during the 2018 National Football League season. Should the Jets re-sign Claiborne, it would allow Skrine to move inside to the slot while safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye continue to develop.
Although, the drafting of a quarterback would raise an important question: Why the heck did the Jets pay McCown $10 million? He led the Vikings to an 11-5 record and playoff appearance in his last full season as Minnesota's starter.
But if there is a clear choice as to which quarterback they want, NY could trade up to ensure they get their man whether it be Darnold, Allen or Rosen; the three passers who are undoubtedly the best available in this draft. In the end, though the Jets never really had a chance. When looking back at the top Jets defenses they were anchored by solid corner play.
Of course, that call ended up coming earlier than expected. They might not be able to sit back and wait to see who falls into their lap.