Jets Trade Teddy Bridgewater To Saints

The Saints have acquired quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the Jets, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Jets will send Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick to the Saints for a third-round pick, sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). 

Bridgewater, who doesn’t turn 26 until November, joined the Jets in March on a one-year deal. Now, he’ll serve as the primary backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans. It’s not immediately clear what the trade means for Taysom Hill, who is under contract through 2019, or Tom Savage, who is on a one-year deal with the club. In all likelihood, Savage is on the verge of being released or traded.

For the Jets, the move signals a tremendous amount of confidence in rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. It’s likely that Darnold will be the team’s Week 1 starter, despite a tough early schedule, with veteran Josh McCown as his understudy.

Bridgewater may be a better quarterback than McCown in 2018, but McCown wouldn’t have fetched much in a trade due to his one-year, $10MM contract. The Jets also value McCown’s veteran leadership and mentorship to Darnold.

Jets players were notified of the trade on Wednesday afternoon when they were on the team bus, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (Twitter link) hears. Just before they were about to depart, Bridgewater was informed of the trade and said goodbye to his teammates.

Bridgewater has impressed this offseason and shown no ill effects of the devastating injury that wiped out his 2016 campaign. In two years as the Vikings’ starter, Bridgewater completed 65% of his passes and averaged 3,075 yards, 14 touchdowns, and ten interceptions.

In three preseason games this year, Bridgewater has completed 28-of-38 throws (73.7%) for 316 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

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24 comments on “Jets Trade Teddy Bridgewater To Saints

  1. baumrind973

    I’m a Jets fan who feels that they would have been better served by playing Bridgewater, with Darnold on the bench. Oh well.

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    • natsfan3437

      They can use Mccown for the first 2-4 weeks and then make the switch.

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      • Begamin

        Theyve committed to starting Darnold week one.. at least for now.

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    • dirty-d

      I couldn’t agree more with you, baumrind973. Jets should have let bridgewater play and start. At best he would have gained value, at worst, well they wouldn’t miss out on much. He’s getting paid next to nothing for someone who has the potential to be a franchise QB. Darnold would be better served to take his first year behind bridgewater and McCown and learn as much as possible. And if the jets started sucking, then sure let darnold get in and gets some reps. This was a premature move. Teddy and your 6th for a 3rd rounder. Honestly could have most likely gotten the same deal before trade deadline either way. Wtf Jets

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  2. acarneglia

    Saints should keep Hill as the third string. Brees will start, Bridgewater backs him up, Hill brings more value than Savage as he can play special teams

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  3. BarryMackockiner

    The Saints must not have much faith in Drew Brees anymore.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      On the plus side, the Saints at long last have a defense that isn’t the laughing stock of the league. Brees won’t have to carry the team on his back every week like he use to.

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  4. crosseyedlemon

    So the Raiders weren’t interested in trading Mack for Teddy? Looks like all those Jet bloggers will have to find a plan B scenario now.

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    • Begamin

      Did you really think people thought a straight up Mack for Teddy trade was feasible? Are you sure they werent suggesting Teddy+picks/other players?
      I mean, from the articles I read everyone seemed to be at understanding that they wouldnt necessarily bite on Teddy while Carr is there

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  5. Thronson5

    Smart for the Saints. I really like Teddy, I think if the Saints were smart they’d find a way to keep him after this season even if Brees doesn’t retire because this guy would be a great replacement when he does decide to retire.

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  6. Kenleyfornia74

    Jets make out like bandits getting a 3rd rounderfrom a cheap FA signing

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      • crosseyedlemon

        The Jets banditry always ends with them shooting themselves in the foot. They will use that #3 on another Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith.

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        • itslonelyatthetrop

          Actually, the Jets do well with 3rd round picks of late. It’s the 2nd rounders that are abysmal.

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  7. RockHard

    The saints are going all in on the next 2 seasons and moves like this prove it. They will be a dumpster fire in short order..

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  8. Chris

    Don’t understand this from the Saints perspective. Teddy isn’t going to resign to be Brees backup

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  9. JJB0811

    Jags should have went after him, or any QB because Bortles isn’t the answer.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      All the Jags need in the way of a QB is someone who can minimize turnovers. They have a dominating defense that can get them to the playoffs.

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      • nentwigs

        Talk to the 2017 Vikings about that. They let 3 starting caliber QB’s walk and signed Cousins.

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    • Trading for a QB to be your starter with about a week before the season starts (or in season) hardly works as the player doesn’t have enough time to truly learn the playbook. Bortles, as uninspiring as he is, played well enough last year to get one more short to prove he can be the long term starter (and the Jags are committed to him through this season at the least). Plus, the Jaguars don’t need a great QB with their defense. They won a playoff game at Pittsburgh and were 30 minutes away from a Super Bowl (with questionable play calling being a big reason why they lost, not Bortles playing bad). Even then, Bridgewater is barely an upgrade over Bortles. Bridgewater doesn’t turn the ball over as much as Bortles, but he also played in a very conservative offense. On the other hand, Bortles often had to play from behind (since everything about the Jaguars sucked before last year) meaning he had to throw more often. From a pure arm talent standpoint, Bortles is far and away the better QB. Plus he doesn’t come with the injury history that Bridgewater does.

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  10. Sports

    Dolphins are fools. They could’ve had their future QB for a 3rd rounder. Fire everyone.

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  11. jimbo22

    I was talking to my Brother, a Jets fan, about Bridgewater the other day. I told him that I wouldn’t let him go for less than a 4th Round pick. All in all, it was a good trade for both teams.

    I feel badly for Savage, who would probably have made the Saint’s roster. He is a gritty young QB. Now he may have to make his mark in the new Pro Football League early next year.

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