The New York Jets named rookie quarterback Sam Darnold their starter for week 1 today. That was the news out of Florham Park moments after the Jets traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for a 2019 third-round pick.
Many in the media are trying to determine who won this trade, but this trade was simple. Today both teams won this trade. Let me explain.
The Jets went into training camp looking to trade Bridgewater, 25, whom they signed to a one-year, $6 million contract. They’ve already paid him $1 million in bonus money.
Bridgewater will cost the Saints at least $5 million for one year. He could earn up to $9 million more in incentives based on playing time, yards and touchdowns.
Right now the Saints have Drew Brees, and they are not expected to start Teddy Bridgewater but if something happens to their All-Pro gunslinger they now have a very viable replacement. The Saints are gunning for a Championship. They want another under Drew Brees.
Bridgewater played well in three preseason games, completing 74 percent of his passes (28-for-38) for 316 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating is 104.7. Let’s face it he was the best back-up available and the Saints had Tom Savage backing up Drew Brees. They were not going to make a Super Bowl push with him at the realm. If something happens to Brees, Bridgewater could come in and take over. This was a huge win for both teams. I know the people think the Jets flossed the Saints, but this was a needed trade for both teams. Now the ball is in the Rams hands, because if they go into the season with only Jared Goff and Sean Mannion and God forbid something happens to Goff their chances of winning it all drops dramatically.