The New York Jets are calling an audible and turning to a familiar face as their backup plan at quarterback. A source said Bridgewater would like to sign a one- or two-year contract with the hopes of parlaying that into a long-term contract in the future.
Coming off the breaking news that the Minnesota Vikings will be signing free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, the market for other passers like Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater started to heat up.
Shortly after giving Josh McCown a one-year, $10 million to return to NY, the Jets agreed to sign ex-Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Dianna Russini. McCown set individual highs with 2,926 yards passing and 18 touchdowns, and quickly established himself as a respected leader in the locker room.
ESPN reported Cousins will sign the deal, worth $84 million, on Thursday.
McCown also tweeted a picture of himself without any words in a Jets uniform pumping both fists during a game.
If they wanted to get a starter the Jets would have to take a risk. It's a special place from the ownership down. He will team up with Darron Lee in the middle of Todd Bowles' defense. We'll see which side blinks first.
Later on Tuesday, the Jets agreed a deal with former Minnesota Vikings signal-caller Bridgewater, according to ESPN.
Former undrafted free agent Crowell is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Jets.
Bridgwater was once a franchise staple of the Minnesota Vikings, but a leg injury suffered prior to the 2016-17 season put not only his status as the go-to guy under center in question, but his entire National Football League career. He was a Pro Bowl selection after his second season and was largely considered a rising star at his position before the injury.
The Jets now hold the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is loaded with high-end quarterback prospects. He had ties to their new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and they had more money than any of the top QB-needy teams. Running back Matt Forte also recently announced his retirement. It gives the Jets a physical back and decreases the likelihood of the Jets using a draft pick on the position in April, allowing them to focus more on premium positions.