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Saints acquire Bridgewater from Jets for 3rd-round pick

Saints acquire Bridgewater from Jets for 3rd-round pick

The New Orleans Saints pulled off a bit of a surprise on Wednesday when they shipped a 2019 third-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a 2019 sixth-round selection. NY kicks off their season on Monday night, September 10, in Detroit. Even if Bridgewater remained in NY, it hardly would've been a surprise if the Jets still went with Darnold as their starter anyway. While Bridgewater was healthy enough to be on the Vikings roster past year, the consistent play of Case Keenum kept the former first round pick on the sidelines.

The move means Bridgewater will be the No. 2 quarterback for New Orleans behind Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees. His best case scenario was finding a backup role on a winning team with a quarterback approaching retirement age.

Bridgewater signed a 1-year contract with the Jets in free agency.

Bridgewater signed a one-year deal with the Jets during the offseason, but there had been speculation he would get traded.

Minnesota selected Bridgewater out of Louisville with the 32nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and after a Pro Bowl season in 2015, in which the Vikings went 11-5, he looked ready to take another step forward in 2016.

And there's the added benefit of spending time around Brees.

Bridgewater's journey from franchise quarterback to reclamation project saw another successful chapter this August. However, many expect that this may be Bridgewater's chance to back up Brees as a potential heir apparent if Brees retires in 2019, as the Saints having no first round pick in 2019.