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Saints acquire Bridgewater from Jets for 3rd-round pick

Saints acquire Bridgewater from Jets for 3rd-round pick

The career of Teddy Bridgewater has had many twists and turns. New Orleans also received the Jets' sixth-round pick.

The New Orleans Saints have acquired Teddy Bridgewater from the New York Jets for a third round pick.

With New York already having Josh McCown and the third overall pick of the 2018 draft, Sam Darnold, on the roster, Bridgewater was expendable and the team cashed in at the right opportunity.

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Bridgewater signed a 1-year contract with the Jets in free agency. Bridgewater played in 29 games for the Vikings in 2014 and 2015 but missed all of 2016 after dislocating his left knee and tearing multiple ligaments on August 30 of that year.

While record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is entrenched as New Orleans' starter, the move signifies that Saints coach Sean Payton was not entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as Brees' backup. But Bridgewater also is an intriguing candidate to eventually succeed Brees, if the two sides ultimately decide to extend Bridgewater's contract past this season. It certainly seems that the Saints have plans for Bridgewater to step in down the road.

Bridgewater, however, has shined in his return during the preseason, completing 28 of 38 passes for 316 yards with two touchdowns in three games.