Report: Teddy Bridgewater not guaranteed Jets roster spot

Teddy Bridgewater will be one of the biggest bargains among NFL free agents
Aug 12, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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.”

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.