Kirk Cousins is taking his first visit with the Vikings, and that could spell bad news for the Jets. If the Jets are unable to land their top target, they will turn their attention to Teddy Bridgewater, team sources tell Dianna Russini of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
Bridgewater, ranked as the 17th best free agent on our list of this year’s top 50 available players, was hardly seen on the field last season as he returned from a gruesome knee injury. If Bridgewater is indeed signed to be the Jets’ starter, they would be wise to backstop him with another quality option. In theory, that No. 2 QB could be Josh McCown, but the interest level is currently unknown for both sides.
Cousins, for his part, looks to be moving closer to inking a deal with the Vikings. The Jets can theoretically offer more money given their ample cap space, but Minnesota would clearly be able to put a better team around Cousins. Adding Bridgewater, meanwhile, could be a long-term move for Gang Green given that he’s still only 25 years old, but the New York could also use an early-round pick on a signal-caller if it has doubts about Bridgewater’s health.
Bridgewater’s last full season came in 2015, when he threw for 3,231 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The former first-rounder also ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. But, thanks that aforementioned knee injury, Bridgewater has attempted only two passes in the last two NFL seasons.
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