The New York Jets are trading quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints. The news was first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Bridgewater was the last pick of the first round in the 2014 draft. He went 17-11 in two years as Minnesota's starter, despite failing to make the top 20 in DYAR or DVOA in either season. A knee injury in practice in 2016 nearly cost him his career, but he returned to throw two passes late last season. The Jets signed him to a $500,000 contract in free agency and he had played well in the preseason, completing 74 percent of his passes for an 8.3-yard average. The Jets also had Sam Darnold, the third overall draft pick, plus Josh McCown as a veteran backup, so it was hard to see a spot for Bridgewater on the team. The Saints, meanwhile, have immediate Super Bowl aspirations and a starting quarterback who turned 39 in January, but a woeful trio of Tom Savage, Taysom Hill, and J.T. Barrett offered little hope for the present if Drew Brees gets injured, or the future if Brees retires. So the Saints shipped a third-round pick to the Jets for Bridgewater and a sixth.
For the Jets, there's no downside here; they basically bought a 2019 third-rounder for $500,000. The Saints have a few more questions. If Brees returns in 2019, will they be able to re-sign Bridgewater to a deal? And after trading next year's first-rounder to move up for Marcus Davenport, what will their 2019 draft class look like? But at least now they have security and options moving forward at the game's most important position.
In other backup quarterback news, the Packers traded Brett Hundley to the Seahawks for a sixth-round pick. A fifth-round draft pick in 2015, Hundley went 3-6 as a starter in Green Bay with nine passing touchdowns (plus two more rushing) and 12 interceptions. He was expendable after the Packers traded for DeShone Kizer, Cleveland's starter last year. Seattle had no depth behind Russell Wilson except journeyman Austin Davis and seventh-round rookie Alex McGough.