Jets trade Teddy Bridgewater to Saints

AP

As it became likelier and likelier that the Jets are turning to Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback this season, speculation grew that the team would look to trade Teddy Bridgewater.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan did nothing to quell that speculation earlier this month and now Maccagnan has made a deal involving Bridgewater. According to multiple reports, the Jets are trading Bridgewater to the Saints. There’s no word on the compensation coming back to the Jets at this point.

Bridgewater won’t be starting in New Orleans as long as Drew Brees is healthy, but it seems the Saints see him as a step up on current backups Tom Savage, Taysom Hill and J.T. Barrett in the event that Brees does need time off at any point this season.

Depending on how the team views Bridgewater, they could also see him as a potential successor to Brees. Brees is currently signed through 2019 while Bridgewater is set for free agency after signing a one-year deal this offseason.

As for the Jets, it now seems like head coach Todd Bowles’ conversation with assistants about the starting quarterback job will be unnecessary. Darnold has looked the part in the preseason and it is likely just a matter of time before the team officially installs their first-round pick as their quarterback of the present.

71 responses to “Jets trade Teddy Bridgewater to Saints

  1. Probably a good move for both parties. Drew is getting old and they didn’t have a very good backup in play. That NO offense is stacked and Teddy could run it very well.

  2. Is there where we are supposed to pretend that Bridgewater has been a good NFL quarterback? And not that he has been a QB who averages only 1 TD pass per start.

  3. Very few teams can find a two franchise QBs back-to-back but the Saints have done it. Very well done. I don’t know what these GMs are things.. Tampa, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Buffalo to name a few all could have upgraded. I don’t know how some of these GMs have jobs tbh.

  4. Meanwhile the Bucs have no future QB …..

    I can’t believe they didn’t try to land Bridgewater. They are the most QB needy team in the league right now, well except for the Giants but they are headed to a Viking funeral with their QB and no one can tell them otherwise.

  5. teddy cant run that offense. this is more of a statement of how pityful NO’s backup QB’s are than anything predictive of him succeeding Brees LT

  6. Good for him. Going to a solid team. Im sure he preferred to start but where?
    Only Jacksonville would have made sense. But no…..they don’t wanna hurt Bottles feelings. This is a business. Screw feelings. Man up. You’re a football player.

  7. It will be interesting to see what picks the Jets get in return. Then will they flip those picks to Oak to try and sweeten the deal for Mack? Either way this is great work from the GM.

  8. Great move by the Saints and though it’s unknown what the Saints gave up I gotta believe the Jets could have gotten more from a team desperate to replace a starting qb who will inevitably go down a couple of weeks into the season.

  9. Saw this coming two weeks ago, hope they didn’t give up too much for Bridgewater who still has a lot to prove, but N.O. is in a better place with him as a backup than they were before this trade…

  10. eagleswin says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Meanwhile the Bucs have no future QB

    …..

    I can’t believe they didn’t try to land Bridgewater. They are the most QB needy team in the league right now, well except for the Giants but they are headed to a Viking funeral with their QB and no one can tell them otherwise.

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    Why would the Bucs go after a QB who couldn’t even beat out Josh McCown… who got dumped by the Bucs?

    Winston’s worst year in the league is better than Bridgewater’s best. These two QBs aren’t even in the same stratosphere

  11. Jets get a 3rd round pick and all they gave up was a $500k signing bonus to Teddy !!!! What an amazing move ! Now use that 3rd to help get Mack from the Raiders.

  12. The Vikings give up a first and a fourth to get Bradford to go 8-8.
    And don’t give Teddy 500K when he’s worth a third-rounder.
    It’s almost like QB evaluation isn’t their thing.

  13. arealisticpackerfan says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    Very few teams can find a two franchise QBs back-to-back but the Saints have done it. Very well done.

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    Dude, nobody ever considered Aaron Brooks a franchise QB.

  14. Nothing has changed at the QB position for “Gangrene”: Sam Darnold will never be a better quarterback than fellow USC Trojan alum Carson Palmer and/or no worse than his other fellow Trojan alum The Sanchize (Mark Sanchez).

    Other than split-wins versus div-rivals ‘Phins and Bills, the 2018 schedule for the Jets is an uphill climb — don’t think they can even beat the Browns with T-Rod or m’boy Baker — hence, looking at a 4-12 season. “…maybe next year.” (“Send In The Clowns” – Stephen Sondheim)

  15. EveryJetsFan2008 says:
    August 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    “”Clearly they have faith Mark “the Sanchize” Sanchez will lead us to mutiole titles! Look out Pats fans Lolz””

  16. Wow, can’t believe the Bucs didn’t offer the same, which will probably end up being a lower 3rd round pick than what the Jets will get from the Saints. Bridgewater would have been a big upgrade over Fitz to start the first 3 games due to Winston’s suspension. Bridgewater would also have been a much better insurance policy if Winston continues to be a piece of trash off of the field. Not only did they not make this trade, they allowed Bridgewater to go to a division foe, who now might be set at QB after Brees is gone. I really think TB is going to be a solid starter.

  17. I like Teddy B a lot
    He’s a class act, a hard worker and has been productive when healthy

    But the Saints giving up a 3rd round pick tonacquire him is very puzzling!
    Drew Brees is one of the most durable and productive QBs in NFL history!

    His skills are NOT declining, and Teddy B may not see the field this season for any meaningful minutes
    Yet the Saints felt the need to trade a 3rd rounder and pay Bridgewater a bunch of money??

  18. Teddy will be a nice 1 year buffer between the time brees retires and they draft the future. I can’t see them thinking teddy is permanent brees replacement.

  19. J V says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    Is there where we are supposed to pretend that Bridgewater has been a good NFL quarterback? And not that he has been a QB who averages only 1 TD pass per start.

    He’s started a playoff game.

    Jets should have kept him for the next 2 or 3 years because McCown isn’t the answer if Darnold gets hurt, or sucks, and they will have to get another backup next year.

    Saints get a steal, because they have a legit #1 if Brees walks away after this year.

  20. Better than New England getting him, good job by the Jets sending him back to the NFC. Now the Saints have a backup plan for Drew Brees whether his play declines severely, he gets injured or retires.

  21. J V says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    Is there where we are supposed to pretend that Bridgewater has been a good NFL quarterback? And not that he has been a QB who averages only 1 TD pass per start.

    Maybe you would prefer Johnny Manziel who averages NO WINS per start?

  22. Funny thing is as bad as Savage is someone will give he saints a 5th or 6th for him. Even a 7th is too much. So essentially the saints got the best backup QB in the league and a potential future QB (pro bowl caliber if healthy) for a 3rd. They got back a 6th and whatever they net in the Savage trade.

    Get Teddy + 6th + 6th/7th
    Give 3rd + Savage
    = Big win

  23. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    arealisticpackerfan says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    Very few teams can find a two franchise QBs back-to-back but the Saints have done it. Very well done.

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    Dude, nobody ever considered Aaron Brooks a franchise QB.

    But he ended up being that & giving the Saints their 1st ever playoff victory. Anything else Brandon Bad Vibes?

  24. and Huey Jackson is pouting in Cleveland because he wanted Bridgewater to be the back-up QB to Tyrod Taylor. Now the back-stabbing and palace intrigue begins with John Dorsey as the victim. We all know know how Huey survives and gets his own way?…it’s the turmoil and conspiracies he starts out of revenge. But this time, Huey, we’ll be saying good-by to you. Finally!

  25. This is a gamble by the Saints. Bridgewater has not proved he is a NFL QB, more or less a franchise QB. What it shows is New Orleans doesn’t think they a a creditable back up to Drew Brees. Brees goes down, the season goes down. The Saints felt they had to do something, and made it happen. Bridgewater will be given a crash course involving the Saints offense, and given every opportunity to prove himself.

  26. Great landing spot for Teddy. He can get his legs back under him while learning from one of the all-time greats. I can already see him in the black and gold. Best of luck, young gun!

  27. Makes sense the Vikings think Teddy is a HOF quality QB..they just haven’t seen very many over the years. I’m sure he’s a good guy, but 28td/22ints and a QB rating of 88ish does not a franchise QB make.

  28. arealisticpackerfan says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    Very few teams can find a two franchise QBs back-to-back but the Saints have done it. Very well done. I don’t know what these GMs are things.. Tampa, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Buffalo to name a few all could have upgraded. I don’t know how some of these GMs have jobs tbh.

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    Are you really claiming that Teddy Bridgewater is a franchise QB?

  29. Teddy might be a great guy but he has a wet noodle for an arm and is highly overrated even coming out of college.

    Whatever the Jets got for him is probably good for the Jets, the Saints better hope Brees stays healthy.

  30. Are you really claiming that Teddy Bridgewater is a franchise QB?
    ___________________________

    Outside of him getting injured again, what makes you think that he can’t be? He sure looked the part before he got injured in Minnesota. He looked the part during this preseason also. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets end up regretting this decision a couple of seasons from now.

  31. Penny Van Kuren says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    Don’t cut Taysom.

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    TH didn’t do much to show himself an NFL QB but he is a core Special Teams player so I’d be VERY surprised if he got cut.

  32. J V says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Is there where we are supposed to pretend that Bridgewater has been a good NFL quarterback? And not that he has been a QB “who averages only 1 TD pass per start”.
    ——————
    must be a new stat to measure a QB and totally irrelevant.

  33. Looked the part? Looked the part while on the Vikings? Tossing for 177 1 to and no picks isn’t gonna make a franchise relevant. He’s Tyrod Taylor lite. He’s quasi JP Losman. This narrative about him looking like a franchise QB is kinda funny. Must be a lot of purple fanboys on here. Good guy, great teammate, mediocre QB.

  34. The Jets haven’t found a good QB since Namath, and now that they have 3 decent one’s , they throw one away. Amazing. I don’t ever want to hear about the Patriots having no competition in their division. It’s not their fault.

  35. Maybe they’re going to groom him when Bree’s retires in 2 yrs. It looks like he’s really bulked up. He couldn’t throw deep. That was his main issue. The guy is a winner & awesome. The Saints got a steal with this one.

  36. A 3rd rd pick for a guy you just picked up recovering from major need surgery? I would hardly call that throwing him away. Great move for Jets.

  37. baldbuc says:
    August 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    Are you really claiming that Teddy Bridgewater is a franchise QB?
    ___________________________

    Outside of him getting injured again, what makes you think that he can’t be? He sure looked the part before he got injured in Minnesota. He looked the part during this preseason also. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets end up regretting this decision a couple of seasons from now.

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    Looked the part? He averaged less than 1 TD per game in his two best seasons. That is looking up at mediocre.

  38. Happy for Bridgewater. He’s much better off with the Saints, even if it’s just for a season. He’s really only had two years as a starter, and while his numbers aren’t spectacular, he was trending in the right direction before being sidelined with injury. I think next season, whether it’s with the Saints or someone else, he could be a very solid transitional QB for a few seasons while a team solidifies its roster at the positions around the QB.

  39. taintedsaints2009 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    Teddy will be a nice 1 year buffer between the time brees retires and they draft the future. I can’t see them thinking teddy is permanent brees replacement.
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    How? You’ll have to explain how a one year deal gets flipped into a two year because of a trade.

  40. minneanderthals says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    This is really good for him. First time on a contending team!

    Best of luck, Teddy!

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    Nope, not his first time on a contender….He went to the playoffs with the Vikings and would have won had Blair Walsh done his job…

  41. Would love to see this work for Teddy, but Brees is the man. I could see him playing for a few more years eliminating Teddy’s chance to start again. From a Viking fan…this guy does and says everything you want from a person and was making strides towards on the field respect as a QB. Saints have a great team so it would be a heck of an opportunity but it’s going to take a Brees injury to get a shot.

  42. Teddy was on the Jets, 6-8 months? He had a low value contract with about 500K guaranteed. He was partly signed for QB depth but also so they could flip him to some other team. At exactly this time of year when teams are looking for good backups before regular season games start. It had some risk for the Jets due to Teddy’s obvious health questions, but that was mitigated by the low $$ deal, low guarantee money. This trade boils down to the Jets traded a 6th round pick for the Saints 3rd round pick. Very good trade by the Jets.

  43. The people criticizing Bridgewater on the basis of strictly hard numbers must not have looked over Norv Turner’s career as an OC. Even the Hall of Famer he coached pretty much had Bridgewater’s numbers his entire time in Norv’s offense. All I know is that when I saw him this pre-season along with whenever the Vikings handed him the ball to actually go throw it, he responded well. Saints got a steal for very little invested.

  44. He was available to all 32 teams, and he took a miniscule deal just to catch on with the lowly Jets…nobody else wanted him. Now they get a 3rd for him, based on?????

    Saints got hosed on this trade.

  45. As a Texans fan, I applaud the Saints for realizing that Savage sucks. Saints now maybe have the most likable QB room. Brees, Bridgewater, and Hill all seem like decent people, I am rooting for the Saints this year.

  46. I mean, I get it, Saints are all-in, every season until Brees retires. So they went out and got a guy who was available and had been a true, full-time starter. It reeks of desperation though, much like the deal the Vikes made for Bradford

  47. downtownswinga says:
    August 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm
    minneanderthals says:
    August 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    This is really good for him. First time on a contending team!

    Best of luck, Teddy!

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    Nope, not his first time on a contender….He went to the playoffs with the Vikings and would have won had Blair Walsh done his job…

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    I feel bad that you didn’t get the joke.

    But not that bad.

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