So now we're seeing reports of a possible contract agreement between the Jets and free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a former first-round draft choice out of Louisville who has spent the better part of two years recovering from a horrific knee injury suffered during one of the team's practices in Minnesota.
Maccagnan and the Jets, as an organization, have missed on the game's most important position too many times to sit back and be content with a highly touted, yet still unproven quarterback if this deal does in fact go through.
It is still remarkable that he is still in the league and poised to become a starting quarterback again after a dislocated knee during training camp prior to the 2016 season nearly led to the amputation of his leg. The team was not expected to resign Bridgewater this offseason, but his fate was sealed when the Vikings signed up Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million deal Tuesday.
The Jets had always expressed an interest in re-signing McCown as their fallback option - and they may not be finished. It could signal the Jets aren't confident in the quarterbacks available with the sixth pick and would rather give Bridgewater a "prove it" deal. He also tied for the team lead with five rushing touchdowns. After the game, he choked up at his news conference, knowing his season probably was over. NY were surprisingly competitive during the season and went 5-8 in games he was under center. Wednesday is the first day National Football League teams can sign players.
He started 12 of his 13 appearances as a rookie in Minnesota, posting 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.