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Jets Ink Bridgewater To One Year Deal

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Bridgewater Signs With Jets On One Year Deal

The New York Jets and former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater reached an agreement on a one year deal Tuesday.

While the exact terms of the agreement are still being finalized, Bridgewater will head to New York.

New York swiftly turned its attention to Bridgewater following a failed pursuit of coveted free agent Kirk Cousins. Before Tuesday, it appeared as though Cousins would take visits to both Minnesota and New York before choosing a new home, but Cousins later changed his mind.

Bridgewater, 25, has attempted just two passes since tearing his ACL in 2016. The former 2014 first-rounder completed 64.7 percent of his passes and threw for 6,150 yards during his tenure in Minnesota. 

The deal marks the second contract agreement with a quarterback the Jets finalized on Tuesday. New York also re-signed Josh McCown to a one year deal worth $10 million.

While Bridgewater will presumably compete for the starting spot, the Jets may still be in the hunt for another quarterback. The 25-year-old’s absence from football over the past two seasons yields a high level of uncertainty. Based on this uncertainty, the quarterback-starved Jets could explore the possibility of acquiring a quarterback through this April’s draft. 

As for the current roster, the deal likely spells bad news for either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. Bridgewater’s arrival, coupled with the re-signing of McCown, hints that New York could subsequently part ways with one, if not both, of its backups.

Petty has appeared in 10 games for the Jets, tallying 1,353 yards with a 53.1 completion percentage. Hackenberg, however, has yet to register a regular season snap since the Jets drafted him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite all the uncertainty, it is safe to say that Bridgewater’s one year deal gives him a great shot at competing for the starting job.

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