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. 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.
Although, the drafting of a quarterback would raise an important question: Why the heck did the Jets pay McCown $10 million?
Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury during training camp in 2016. The Jets have either struck gold by buying low on a potential franchise quarterback or have taken a flier on a guy they don't even have to start next season. Both players are on one-year deals, so they still haven't found their long-term solution at quarterback.
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Bridgewater, 25, was the No. 32 overall pick by the Vikings in the 2014 NFL Draft.
He is 23-50 as a starter over his career, with 17,168 passing yards, 97 touchdown passes and 78 interceptions.
Josh McCown, who played 13 games for the Jets last season, is next on the list. Going 5-8 as a starter while putting up a career-high 2,926 yards and 18 interceptions captained NY to a 5-8 record as a starter, a surprising mark for a team expected to compete with the winless Cleveland Browns for the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.