Teddy Bridgewater is a New Orleans Saint. Bridgewater, who was competing with Sam Darnold for the starting quarterback job in New York, was traded today. The move was first reported by ESPN.
Bridgewater, who just two years ago led the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs, was recovering from a brutal leg injury that threatened to end his career. But, during the 2018 preseason, he proved he is ready to go, running neck and neck with 1st round pick Darnold.
The Jets clearly have made a decision who their starter is and, in doing so, wanted to get some value for Bridgewater. It is reported that the Saints are going to give up two draft picks, but the details are not disclosed as of yet.
In recent years, NFL teams have gone away from the adage that a rookie quarterback needs time to develop. The offensive schemes in college are so sophisticated these days that young quarterbacks are much more prepared to handle the rigors of the NFL. Here, the Jets are handing the Keys to the Kingdom to their first-round pick, and obviously they think he is ready.
New York opens up Monday night, September 10th, against Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions.