If the Bridgewater reclamation project is a success with the Saints and Cousins doesn't live up to his expectations, it could be another haunting move for a franchise that has already seen its fair share of them. So the New Orleans Saints' decision to give up a third-round pic on Wednesday to acquire his services from New York Jets tells you how far he's come. But there's a number of different directions things could go that would make the trade successful for both the team and their new QB. The Saints will also receive a 2019 sixth-rounder. At the time, Bridgewater was on pace to becoming the Vikings franchise quarterback.
But just before the start of the 2016 season, the former Louisville star suffered a season-ending, noncontact injury when he dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL in practice.
The Saints could be a tremendous landing spot for Bridgewater as he can use another season of recovery for his knee while learning behind one of the greatest quarterbacks in National Football League history, Drew Brees.
Bridgewater, however, has shined in his return during the preseason, completing 28 of 38 passes for 316 yards with two touchdowns in three games.
With all-time great quarterback Drew Brees under contract for New Orleans through 2019, the move might not appear on the surface to benefit Bridgewater.
The Saints have their sights set on Super Bowl contention after coming within one play of reaching the NFC title game last season.