Jets finalizing deal with Teddy Bridgewater

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Instead, a 5-11 record has the Jets choosing sixth in the draft, a pick that could be used on one of a number of promising first-round-caliber quarterbacks whether it be USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield or Louisville's Lamar Jackson. While it now seems like he made up his mind more than a month ago, the Jets were still led to believe they had a solid chance at signing Cousins. NY also re-signed Josh McCown to a one year deal worth $10 million. This comes after reports of Kirk Cousins signing with Minnesota.

They've already signed a big-ticket free agent in cornerback Trumaine Johnson, a new linebacker in Avery Williamson, and reworked the quarterback depth chart by re-signing Josh McCown and adding Teddy Bridgewater.

McCown, 38, is coming off the best season of his career in which he threw for 2,926 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Although, the drafting of a quarterback would raise an important question: Why the heck did the Jets pay McCown $10 million?

Bridgewater is a former first-round quarterback who appears fully healthy after suffering a major knee injury in 2016, and he still has plenty of upside at age 25. Through the day the Jets remained quiet while Cousins went to the Frozen Tundra, Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis went to Tennessee and all of the Jets unrestricted free agents went to or are going somewhere else.

Despite the abbreviated campaign, McCown was voted team MVP by his Jets teammates.

Once again in this free agent period, the New York Jets find themselves shopping for a quarterback.

He rushed for 3,118 yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

He won the starting job last season and went on to tie a career-mark with 13 starts. Put Bridgewater, McCown and a rookie quarterback (with one notable exception) in the same room, then there is a significant upgrade. The Jets now only have slot corner Buster Skrine as a starter under contract.

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