The Jets' Plan B at quarterback now officially stands for (Teddy) Bridgewater.
With the quarterback that the Jets desired (Kirk Cousins) heading to Minnesota, the Jets quickly turned their attention to Bridgewater on Tuesday and they are now expecting to sign him when the free-agent signing period opens on Wednesday, according to an NFL source. According to ESPN, Bridgewater will get a one-year contract worth $5 million. A league source told SNY it will include incentives that could push the value higher.
Earlier on Tuesday the Jets also signed veteran Josh McCown to a one-year, $10 million deal too, a source said.
The Bridgewater/McCown pairing has always been the Jets' "Plan B" if they lost Cousins, as SNY has been reporting - and they have been expecting to lose out on Cousins for weeks. Though there are reports that the Jets have told McCown he will be their starter next season, the two most likely will compete for the starting job this summer during training camp.
The Jets' hope is that Bridgewater regains his old form and eventually becomes their Quarterback of the Future and signs a long-term deal.
There's some risk involved with that hope, of course, since Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury that cost him most of the last two seasons. By bringing in McCown, who turns 39 in July, the Jets not only have a mentor for Bridgewater, but they also have insurance in case Bridgewater's knee becomes an issue.
There's also a possibility, according to a source, that the Jets will still draft a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft, even with both McCown and Bridgewater on board. If that happens, then both of the Jets' other current quarterbacks -- Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg - would likely be gone. As it stands right now, the Jets will not be able to keep both.
Bridgewater is a former first-round pick out of Louisville, taken by the Vikings in the 2014 draft. He was a Pro Bowler in 2015 and considered a rising star in the NFL when he suffered a terrible knee injury the following summer, tearing his ACL and dislocating his left knee.
Once the Jets realized they likely would lose out on the Cousins chase several weeks ago, they surveyed the rest of the free agent landscape and became intrigued by Bridgewater's potential. They consider him a low-cost, low-risk option with extremely high potential. If it works out, they have their Quarterback of the Future. If not, they can either turn to a draft pick this year or whatever options are available in 2019.