A look inside Teddy Bridgewater’s deal

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The one-year contract signed by Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater includes only $500,000 in guaranteed money. Which essentially gives the Jets an option to evaluate Bridgewater until shortly before the start of the regular season, at a cost of the signing bonus plus another $500,000 workout bonus.

Even if the Jets keep Bridgewater past Week One, the base value of the deal becomes $6 million. But there’s also a $9 million incentive package, which won’t be all that hard to secure.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bridgewater’s incentive package includes the following potential payments:

1. $4 million for being on the 46-man roster for every game and taking at least 50 percent of the snaps.

2. $250,000 for throwing for 2,500 yards.

3. $500,000 for throwing for 2,700 yards.

4. $1.25 million for throwing for 3,000 yards.

5. $250,000 for 10 touchdown passes.

6. $500,000 for 16 touchdown passes.

7. $1.25 million for 21 touchdown passes.

8. $2.5 million for the Jets making it to the playoffs, with Bridgewater playing at least half the postseason snaps.

So he gets a total of $15 million if he’s on the 46-man roster for every game, takes at least half of the snaps, generates at least 3,000 yards (22 quarterbacks did that in 2017), and throws at least 21 touchdown passes (16 quarterbacks did that in 2017).

To do that, Bridgewater needs to win the starting job, sooner than later. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t. But he’s clearly confident that he’ll win the job — and that he’ll play very well.

15 responses to “A look inside Teddy Bridgewater’s deal

  1. Wow! How mediocre must Bridgewater be to have those types of goals? Real QB’s hit every one of those.

  2. This is why I like Teddy. The dude wants to be a starter and prove his worth instead of cashing a check. He sees an opening to compete for the starting job and is betting his future on himself.

  3. Win win for both sides. Although it’s doubtful about the playoffs. Stranger things have happened.

    Rooting for TW. Everyone swears he’s one of the good guys.

  4. I mean, why would a team put in those passing yards. It makes a QB pad stats when they should be focused on doing what it takes to win-even if that means handing off to the RB!!!

  5. looking at those incentive payouts it’s kind of disgusting. Good gig if you can get it.

  6. “he’s clearly confident that he’ll win the job” ….

    More likely, he was confident that the best he could get was 500K guaranteed.

    I mean Minnesota wouldn’t shell out the million it would cost to see where Bridgewater was at through camp? Kind of telling.

    I am on record stating my belief Bridgewater will not throw 400 more NFL passes.

  7. Good in the Locker Room, Not so good on the field. Glad Vikings do not have him as the starter. WHEW! Wish him well though….

  8. I like Teddy and wish he could have stuck around. Still, we all know he wants to prove himself. But, only 500k guaranteed? Is that all his agent could get? Or, was there simply bigger deals going on with other players he represented? Seems that TB is in a pretty crowded backfield. Hope he at least makes it to, and through, the preseason. Good luck!

  9. Thetruthis says:
    March 19, 2018 at 9:08 pm
    I mean, why would a team put in those passing yards. It makes a QB pad stats when they should be focused on doing what it takes to win-even if that means handing off to the RB!!!

    Quarterback’s don’t call their own plays. The OC calls the plays and “some” QB’s have the option to audible.

    Been a long time since a QB could check-out of a run play to call a pass when the OC wants to run out the clock. lol

    Did you stop watching football after the 70’s?

  10. Teddy will win the job, barring injury. He’ll hit most of those goals, probably not the playoffs or the 21 tds though as the Jets suck and he’s only one guy.

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