The New York Jets have agreed to send quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans for a third-round pick. The Jets also sent a sixth-round pick to the Saints.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets told Bridgewater that he was being traded to the Saints earlier this afternoon before the team left for Thursday’s fourth and final preseason in Philadelphia.
After receiving the news, Bridgewater stepped on to the Jets’ bus to say goodbye to his teammates.
Compensation update on Jets-Saints trade: New York is sending QB Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick to New Orleans for a third-round pick, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2018
The trade all but officially begins the Sam Darnold era in New York, who was drafted #3 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.
When he was signed by the Jets, there were early indications that New York was going to start the season with either Bridgewater or veteran Josh McCown at quarterback, however, strong early showings from Darnold forced the Jets hand.
By the time camp began, the Jets were hoping to trade him.
The Jets went into training camp looking to trade Bridgewater, 25, whom they signed to a one-year, $6 million contract. They’ve already paid him $1 million in bonus money, so essentially they paid $1 million for whatever compensation they receive from the Saints.
Bridgewater played well in three preseason games, completing 74 percent of his passes (28-for-38) for 316 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating is 104.7.
The trade occurred one day shy of the two-year anniversary of Bridgewater’s horrific knee injury with the Minnesota Vikings. He has recovered remarkably and hasn’t been limited in any fashion.
The Saints open their season on Sunday, September 9 against the Tampa Bay Bucs while the Jets open their season on the road against the Detroit Lions on Monday, September 10.