Does McCown, Bridgewater combination take Jets out of play for a first-round quarterback?

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The decision of the Jets to re-sign quarterback Josh McCown seemed to be the first half of a two-part approach to the position, allowing the team to draft a rookie with the sixth overall pick in the draft. The decision of the Jets to add quarterback Teddy Bridgewater complicates the situation.

For starters, it’s clear that, between Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, one will be getting a Water Pik and the other will be getting fired. And if the Jets indeed use pick No. 6 on a quarterback, both could be in danger.

Bridgewater likewise could be in jeopardy, based on his health or lack thereof. ESPN reports that Bridgewater’s deal has a value of $5 million. The real question is how much of it is guaranteed? If none or little is, Bridgewater may have to prove himself to get the $5 million.

Given that Bridgewater is still 25, it’s possible that the Jets could start out with McCown, stick with him as long as they’re in the mix for a possible playoff berth, and then switch to Bridgewater in an effort to evaluate whether he could be the starter in 2019 and beyond. It’s a low-risk proposition for the Jets, giving them a chance to possibly witness Bridgewater develop into what the Vikings had hoped he’d be before a devastating knee injury in August 2016 ended what could have been his breakout season, and derailed his career.

Which means that it makes sense to refrain from going all in for a rookie. There’s a chance that Bridgewater could be what they would hope a rookie to be: A young quarterback who can become a year-in, year-out starter.

25 responses to “Does McCown, Bridgewater combination take Jets out of play for a first-round quarterback?

  1. Of course they still draft someone. Even if Bridgewater plays well, he’s a free agent after this year. McCown is 39.

  2. No one in the NFL will be as motivated to succeed as Teddy Bridgewater. He’s been through too much. If they have a legit competition for the starting spot, I’d bet it all on TB…

  3. It feels like they didn’t want to go into the draft desperate for a QB, because teams would take advantage of that. I think they still go for a QB, but there is a little more flexibility in that they shouldn’t feel like they need to sell the farm to get the guy they want.

  4. what a stupid move. why would you sign 2 guys to mentor a high pick qb? I guess even more stupid for both those guys to sign with them, what were they thinking?

  5. And the Jets do what they always do, go cheap at QB. Draft any position, but the most important/needed position, a QB. Why do people waste their time, money, or thoughts on this team? It is amazing, keep throwing cash Woody’s way and he’ll keep running garbage out on to that field.

  6. Good luck Teddy! All of the purple faithful will be pulling for you!
    Very disappointed that it never worked out. You got yourself a great individual Jets.

  7. I’d love to know what other teams, if any, were interested in Teddy, as it seems like he’s entering a less than ideal situation.

  8. They will draft a QB at 6. McCown is a guy who can play for 1 year and join the coaching staff. Bridgewater is kind of a wild card, because how healthy is he? Culpepper came back too soon, and wasn’t the same guy.

    Petty at best as a #2, and they need to trade Hackenberg. He might make a good #2, but not in New York.

  9. I don’t understand why Teddy would jump at this situation. Not great money and probably not a legitimate chance to start. The Jets will certainly draft a quarterback. I would think the Vikings would have loved to have him back as the backup, and he knows better than anybody about the Vikings’ tradition of losing their starting quarterback for the season before Week 2.

  10. It’s a sad day in Viking land seeing Teddy leave the Longships, the flags are at half mast. Will always follow him. Here’s hoping for your eventual return to the Purple. Good luck Teddy and God Speed young Man!!!!

  11. Good move for Teddy he said he wants to be the starter next year. He has had some tough luck but I think this choice brings the best chance to become a starter. He would be strictly a back up in Minnesota.

  12. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 9:55 pm
    Good luck Teddy! All of the purple faithful will be pulling for you!
    Very disappointed that it never worked out. You got yourself a great individual Jets.


    Couldn’t help but notice you didn’t say they got a “great QB” but a great “individual”.

  13. Everyone has a Jet inferiority complex ever since we saved the AFL in 1969. Introducing the the Hartford Patriots! Thanks for nothing Buffalo, Miami, Cincinnati etc…Its footballs WWII event. You are the same people who get cut off in traffic by a 90 year old who was on a beach in France, then scream at him saying “get off the road blue hair”. Thankless with no sense of history.

  14. Not a Vikings fan, but Teddy is a class act and hope he succeeds. Just get him an offensive line and some receiving tools.

  15. Teddy is a hell of a nice kid but he was never more than barely average at best even before he suffered the worst injury an NFL QB has had to deal with. With his weak arm, garbage sidearm motion, and timid nature he’ll always struggle to hold a starting gig.

    Good luck. Glad I don’t have to watch him in purple again.

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