Teddy Bridgewater signed a one-year prove-it deal with the New York Jets this offseason during free agency, but according to a report his roster spot is not secure at this point.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network noted that, after the draft, the Jets will have five quarterbacks on their roster. We’ve already covered in some detail that both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are both likely to be released.
Garafolo added Tuesday that “Bridgewater isn’t a lock for a roster spot, at least until he shows he’s healthy.”
The Jets will have five QBs after Thursday night. That’s one too many. Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are trade/release candidates. But Teddy Bridgewater isn’t a lock for a roster spot, at least until he shows he‘s healthy. pic.twitter.com/bBDxb0HQFi
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 24, 2018
New York will certainly use the No. 3 overall pick to draft a quarterback. Consistently, we’ve been hearing that Baker Mayfield is the team’s preferred target there. Regardless of who does get picked, however, it’s almost a certainty that veteran Josh McCown will start the year out under center for the Jets.
Bridgewater’s contract only includes $1 million in guaranteed money. Given the team’s excessive cap space, even after free agency, it wouldn’t be a huge loss to cut him if he’s not the quarterback they thought he would be. Obviously health is the big key, but given the fact that he did enter a game last season for the Minnesota Vikings it would seem that is nothing to worry about.