Teddy Bridgewater offers a variety of different outcomes for the New York Jets, with very little risk included. It’s a win-win scenario for everyone.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, former first-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings, can offer a lot of positive scenarios for the New York Jets this season. After a gruesome knee injury has kept him on the sidelines for the past two seasons, reports suggest that he is looking healthy once again.
Rich Cimini of ESPN noted that Bridgewater looked sharp during the start of organized team activities for the Jets. There are a few reasons why Bridgewater offers the Jets a win-win scenario, though. The first reason is his contract. According to Darryl Slater of Nj.com, Bridgewater’s contract only guarantees him $500,000.
If Bridgewater hits all of his incentives, the maximum he could receive is $15 million. That would mean that he earns the starting position and has a tremendous season for the Jets. Bridgewater also offers depth at the quarterback position, which is something that the Jets roster has been missing for years.
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If there is an unfortunate injury, Josh McCown and Bridgewater are two very capable options without having to rush and potentially stunt the growth of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. If Bridgewater earns the job out of camp, meaning he is out-performing his competition, McCown then has even more time to mentor Darnold in meetings and practices.
Lastly, a productive Bridgewater offers the Jets a potential trade chip. They can replenish some draft picks after already missing next years’ 2nd rounder. There will always be a need for capable quarterbacks in the NFL. Whether a team needs a starter or backup, if Bridgewater shows he is healthy and productive, there will absolutely be trade interest around the league.
To sum it up, Bridgewater offers a very low risk and potentially high reward for the Jets. If he does not play well, the Jets can simply release him before the season without having to take on much dead money.
On the other hand, a healthy and productive Bridgewater offers the Jets a variety of different options. These options include potentially being their starting QB, added depth as a backup, or even a trade piece. Bridgewater should not be a concern for anyone surrounding the Jets as it’s a win-win scenario for everyone involved.