As the New York Jets are likely preparing to start the regular season with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold as their starter, they are open to trading Teddy Bridgewater. The Houston Texans would be a perfect fit for both sides.
With just a few weeks to go before the start of the regular season, anything can and will happen with the New York Jets. They will likely get some final clarity on their quarterback situation over the next two weeks, with Sam Darnold getting mostly first-team reps in training camp and as of late, starts in preseason games.
Darnold is getting rave reviews that he’s progressing faster than a New York minute. So much so, that he is likely going to start the regular season for the Jets. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown will be Darnold’s backup and continue mentoring him as he begins his pro career.
Where does this put quarterback Teddy Bridgewater? Well, he’s in a great situation since he’s not only lived up to expectations but has looked incredible in his return to the gridiron. Even though it’s just in meaningless preseason football games, Bridgewater has looked sharp and proved that he can still be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
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Everything has been working well in the Jets favor as it’s been confirmed that general manager Mike Maccagnan is open to trading Bridgewater for the right package. It remains to be seen what Maccagnan is seeking from a team to acquire Bridgewater via trade but one particular franchise that would make sense are the Houston Texans.
They know all too well how much it stings when a potential franchise quarterback gets hurt during the regular season. It’s no secret that quarterback Deshaun Watson lit up the league last season before his unfortunate torn ACL injury.
Watson has also been looking good so far this offseason but again, what happens if he gets hurt again and misses game time this upcoming season? What if he’s not the same player that executed well in 2017?
This is where the Texans could be interested in bringing in Bridgewater as insurance in case something unfortunate were to happen again. Anything can happen in the NFL and the Texans, not far from a potential playoff-contending team, would be wise to add a former starting quarterback that can step right in and take care of business. The Jets could likely get a 3rd or 4th round pick from the Texans and/or potentially a decent offensive lineman or pass rusher that can contribute immediately. These are still two major areas of need for the Jets that could be addressed by making such a trade turn into reality.
Watson is also still learning the ropes of the pros as Bridgewater, just like he’s been doing for months now with Darnold, could also be a mentor for him. Bridgewater is a professional on and off the field and would be another great presence to have in the Texans locker room.