After Sam Darnold showed signs of excellence in his preseason play for Gang Green, the Jets organization has shown a sign of faith in his abilities as a potential starter by trading away Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints.
The Jets will receive a third-round pick as compensation in the deal, which could go a long way for a franchise that is still trying to assemble a championship contender.
It’s always hard to hear that you have been traded, but Teddy found out he had been dealt in one of the most demoralizing ways possible. The team was on a bus on their way to Philadelphia when he was told he had been traded to New Orleans. At this point, the bus stopped and made him get off. He waved goodbye to his teammates and friends, and the team continued to their destination.
General manager Mike Maccagnan made a statement in regards to the trade, saying that “In his time with us, Teddy was the consummate professional, a great teammate and a tremendous leader. He worked diligently with our medical staff and made tremendous strides along the way. We wish him nothing but success in the future.”
While Bridgewater will remain a backup quarterback behind Drew Brees, the young quarterback could eventually become the 11-time Pro-Bowler’s successor as he will be turning 40 in a few months.
Bridgewater showed his potential early in his career while he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his rookie campaign in 2014, the former first-round draft pick threw for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns. This display of proficiency was recognized by many and led to him being named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. He would continue on his path to success in 2015 when he connected on another 14 touchdowns and added 3,231 yards to his career total, earning him a spot on the Pro-Bowl roster. However, an ACL injury left him sidelined for an extended period in 2016 which would eventually make him lose favor in the eyes of the Vikings’ coaching staff, opting to start Sam Bradford and Case Keenum at the quarterback position for the next two seasons.
Now, he will have a chance to get back on track as he heads to NOLA and has the utmost confidence that he will once again be a force to be reckoned with on the football field. “I’m very confident,” said Bridgewater. “I’m confident in myself, confident in the athletic training staff and the coaching staff here that they can eventually get me back to the player I once was.”
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