New York Jets: Teddy Bridgewater potential trade scenario

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: Teddy Bridgewater (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: Teddy Bridgewater (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

We talked about the idea that the New York Jets would be best served by trading Teddy  Bridgewater during camp. Here is a potential scenario.

The New York Jets have a problem that none of us ever thought the team would have. They have too many quarterbacks. Yes, the Jets have too many quarterbacks. They have the mentor in Josh McCown, the future in Sam Darnold and the middle man in Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is not really in his prime but he’s not old either. What nobody believes is that he is the future of the team.

Earlier this week, we talked about what to do about the Bridgewater situation. Keeping him might be valuable in the short-term, but in the long-term it is ill-advised. They will then either have to pay him or see him walk for nothing. The best move would be to trade him during training camp, once he proves he’s healthy, to a team that suffers an injury to their quarterback. They likely will be able to acquire a draft pick or two in return.

Where could the Jets send him? We could speculate about teams that might have an injury occur. That is the obvious choice. But there is a team out there that Bridgewater could play for now. It won’t happen until training camp and he shows the league he is healthy. Once that happens, there is a team that could use a young quarterback immediately. You probably didn’t think of them either.

That team is the Indianapolis Colts.

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Think about it. The team has Brad Kaaya there. He hasn’t played a down yet. Kaaya is a project that is still being worked on, clearly. They have another prospect on the roster in Phillip Walker that likely will be just a camp arm.

Jacoby Brissett is on the team and filled in for Andrew Luck last year. He did throw 13 touchdowns versus seven interceptions but he also only completed 58% of his passes. That’s a mid-level starter on a good day and a below average one on a bad day.

Then we have the Andrew Luck situation. Everyone knows that Luck is a great quarterback when he is healthy. The trouble is he hasn’t been healthy in a long time. The Colts have to soon face the facts that this guy hasn’t taken a snap since 2016.

The first question is whether or not Luck will even be ready for the 2016 season. He hasn’t even thrown yet. Coach Frank Reich said he isn’t worried, but it’s hard to believe that isn’t a smoke screen. Luck is by far the best quarterback on the roster, and all he has done at OTAs is some light work and stretching. They can’t be convinced he will be ready to go week one.

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Even if he is ready, does anyone really know that Luck will be the same as he was prior to injury? There is no way to know that at this point. He hasn’t thrown. He may never play again. No, it hasn’t come to that yet but the Colts have to keep that potential in the back of their minds.

If Bridgewater is healthy, they should jump at the Jets to make a deal with Mike Maccagnan. A healthy Bridgewater took his team to the playoffs and he is still in his 20s. The idea of trading him to Indianapolis should be a no-brainer if Bridgewater keeps on this pace.