Teddy Bridgewater traded from the Jets to the Saints

August 29, 2018 - 4:19 pm

The New York Jets have traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a 2019 sixth round pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 2019 third round selection. 

The Jets signed Bridgewater to a one year deal in free agency back in March. However, Bridgewater's role with the Jets also was in question when New York selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Jets also has veteran Josh McCown, last year's starter, on the roster as well. With the trade, the Jets have now cleared the path for Darnold to start Week One of the 2018 NFL season, as well as manage to get some sort of value back for Bridgewater, who has played well in the preseason. 

As for the Saints, they traded for the 25 year old Bridgewater to back up the 39 year old Drew Brees in 2018. However, many expect that this may be Bridgewater's chance to back up Brees as a potential heir apparent if Brees retires in 2019, as the Saints having no first round pick in 2019. 

Bridgewater was a first round pick, 32nd overall, in the 2014 NFL Draft. He started 28 games in two seasons with the Vikings, with a stat line of 551/851, 6,150 yards, 28 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. However, before the start of the 2016 season, Bridgewater suffered a debilitating knee injury that kept him out of football for over a year. The Vikings has to move on from Bridgewater due to the injury, allowing him to walk in free agency after the 2017 season. 

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