Teddy Bridgewater gets only $500,000 guaranteed

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With five under contract and maybe one on the way via the third pick in the draft, one or more Jets quarterbacks will be an odd man out before Week One. And one of them could be Teddy Bridgewater.

Via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Bridgewater’s one-year deal includes only $500,000 guaranteed, via his signing bonus. Bridgewater’s $5 million base salary is non-guaranteed. The deal also includes $9 million in incentives.

So, basically, the Jets have paid $500,000 now in exchange for the ability to evaluate Bridgewater throughout the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason before deciding whether to keep him on the active roster when the regular season begins, and the $5 million becomes at that point as a practical matter fully guaranteed.

The chance that Bridgewater won’t see his $5 million base salary increases if the Jets pick a quarterback with the third overall choice in round one. If that’s what the Jets do, Bridgewater could take full advantage of his chance to show via the preseason that he can still play; if he gets cut after showing that he can still perform, someone else will surely be interested in giving him another chance.

Alternatively, Bridgewater could clamor to be cut or traded if/when the Jets pick a quarterback with pick No. 3. That would be a delicate P.R. strategy, but few would fault Bridgewater for wanting out in light of the arrival of a rookie arrival that could result in Bridgewater being dumped onto the market days before the regular season begins.

UPDATE 5:36 p.m. ET: PFT has obtained a full breakdown of the deal. Bridgewater also will earn a $500,00 workout bonus which increases the practical investment to $1 million. The $5 million base salary remains non-guaranteed.

19 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater gets only $500,000 guaranteed

  1. Teddy wins starting job in camp, McCown is the veteran leadership and mentor in the QB room, the rookie they drafted sits back and soaks it all in for a year. I think that’s ideally what the Jets want to play out.

  2. Suddenly, the Jets don’t seem so crazy for trading up with Bridgewater on the roster. Cut him, and you’ve only spent $500k for the chance to see what he can do. Keep him, and you’re only spending $5.5 million for a backup QB, and future insurance against a potential bust in the draft.

  3. Suddenly, the Jets don’t seem so crazy for trading up with Bridgewater on the roster. Cut him, and you’ve only spent $500k for the chance to see what he can do. Keep him, and you’re only spending $5.5 million for a backup QB, and future insurance against a potential bust in the draft.

    Exactly, but most folks just assume every move the Jets make is a mistake. Now, believe me, I know they’ve made a million but…

  4. Remember when he was going to lead the Vikes to multiple Superbowls? Good times … good times.

  5. This is probably the worse place he could have signed. They will have what – 6 qbs on the roster if they draft one? Then once he gets cut he will lose all of that time learning any teams playbook. Just a weird decision.

  6. I can’t believe Teddy couldn’t have found a better spot and contract terms than these. So redlikethepig rejoices in a player’s injury huh? Real classy.

  7. @purpleguy says:
    March 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    I can’t believe Teddy couldn’t have found a better spot and contract terms than these. So redlikethepig rejoices in a player’s injury huh? Real classy.
    ——————————————————————————————–Most people realize that Teddy was never good, his winnning season was built around AP. I’m not surprised that you were surprised on this deal.

  8. I feel for Teddy. At the very least, I’m sure he could be a solid starter. But, his knee rightly concerns teams. I hope his knee holds-up and he realizes on his potential.

  9. Well, that’s $500,000.00 more guaranteed money, than I get from year to year. In fact let’s see how much I am guaranteed yearly….Oh that’s right…NOTHING!

  10. He’s 17-11 as a starter with 6,150 yds & 28 TD’s with 4 rushing. He’s a winner. Minus prancing Blair Walsh & the shank he’d have a playoff win & who knows how many after that.

    Too bad the Vikings couldn’t keep him. Good luck with the JETS!

  11. Who is his agent? They should be fired. Now I want to say he should have just stayed a Viking. However, 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.

  12. irishgary says:
    March 19, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    @purpleguy says:

    Most people realize that Teddy was never good, his winnning season was built around AP. I’m not surprised that you were surprised on this deal.
    __________________________________

    While the Vikings most success with Theodore at the helm, came as the defense and AP played well, Theodore’s seemed to regress, the offense was changed from what they were running when he was successful as a Rookie to make sure to please AP. There were all ready questions about his, arms strength and ability, to anticipate WRs getting open, now teams are also worried about his knee in addition to it.

  13. UH-OH looks like we were shrewd on this deal. And got a guy on a wayyyy team friendly low-risk high-reward deal.

    *******
    NEGATIVE. It’s a low-risk low-reward deal.

  14. purpleguy says:
    March 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I can’t believe Teddy couldn’t have found a better spot and contract terms than these. So redlikethepig rejoices in a player’s injury huh? Real classy.

    ****************

    He wrote “Remember when he was going to lead the Vikes to multiple Superbowls? Good times … good times.”

    How is that rejoicing in injury? He’s basically mocking the fact that every new QB the Vikes throw out there is supposedly the one to start the Viking Dynasty. And they don’t.

    I could point you to numerous instances where purples talk happily about breaking Rodgers other collarbone next year. Why not start with those guys.

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