The New York Jets have traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth round pick to the Saints in exchange for a third round pick.
This was an incredible job by general manager Mike Maccgnan. The Jets signed Bridgewater to a $1 million deal back in March. Today, he flips Bridgewater for a third round pick. To put this into perspective, the Browns took on Brock Osweiler’s $16,000,000 salary for a second round pick. This was an absolute bargain for the Jets.
The deal also opened up the lane for Sam Darnold to start week one. The rookie phenom earned the starting spot in the preseason, and has been officially given the start. The Jets will ride with Darnold as the starter, and veteran Josh McCown as the backup.
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History Repeats Itself
Let’s go back in time. On September 1st, 2017, Maccagnan traded Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks for Jermaine Kearse and a second round pick. Maccagnan wound up using that second round pick in a trade for the third pick in the draft, which ultimately led to drafting Sam Darnold.
Nearly one year later, Maccagnan trades Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints for a third round pick. Could Maccagnan be using the same strategy again? Possibly.
The Jets have a glaring need at edge rusher. Their pass rush has been nothing more than subpar in recent years, and they have failed multiple times on late-round shots at the position. Maccagnan has contacted the Raiders regarding a trade for Khalil Mack, who’s holding out in hopes of a new deal.
Maccagnan may be stocking up on picks for a trade. The Jets don’t have a second round pick to give away. They need assets if they really want to land Mack. This third round pick may be one of them. If a trade happens, it will likely involve the Jets first round pick, as well at least one of the third round picks they own, along with something else.
Long story short, the Jets need ammunition if they want to pull off a big trade. An extra third round pick will definitely help.
If the Jets fail to land Mack or any edge rusher through trade, there are more places to look. The 2019 draft class is loaded with pass-rushers. The Jets can possibly use their two third round picks to move up in the draft for a star. Nick Bosa, Ed Oliver, Clelin Ferrell, Rashan Gary and many others are premier pass rushers in the upcoming draft class.
The Jets did a fantastic job handling Bridgewater. Signing him for cheap, holding onto him for competition in training camp and trading him for a third round pick. Now, it is officially time to let the Sam Darnold era unfold. Well done, Mike Maccagnan.