The Jets haven't given up on landing the biggest quarterback fish in the free-agent pool, but they are preparing in case it happens. They have an array of options mapped out if their "Plan A" fizzles and Kirk Cousins signs somewhere else. And their "Plan B" could be interesting, especially if the "B" stands for Teddy Bridgewater. If Bridgewater becomes a free agent (and there's some doubt about that at the moment), he could be the next best option on the open market, and an enticing one for the quarterback-starved Jets. He carries some obvious risks since he's still recovering from a devastating knee injury he suffered 19 months ago. But he's also only 25, already has 28 starts and a Pro Bowl on his resume, and was considered a rising star before he got hurt. He would also cost the Jets far, far less than the $30 million per year and perhaps $90 million in guarantees that Cousins is seeking. So if he's healthy -- a big "if" -- Bridgewater as a "Plan B" could be a steal. "Teddy is a guy that two years ago played fantastic," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said at the NFL scouting combine last week. "I thought he was a very ascending player and obviously had a terrible knee injury. Don't get to see him play in real, live action in basically two years, so there's the question with him." That question, Zimmer said, is simple: "Is Teddy what he was?" That's an interesting question the Jets will have to answer, especially since Bridgewater has attempted only two passes in the last two seasons. A Jets team source said Bridgewater is on the list of options they're considering, though the source wouldn't say if he's part of a Plan B, C or D. He's not the kind of ready-to-go answer to their quarterback question that Cousins is. But he could have more upside than other free agents, like his Vikings teammates Case Keenum or Sam Bradford, or soon-to-be former Bengal A.J. McCarron. Other than his health, Bridgewater would seem to be less risky than the top quarterbacks in the draft. The Jets will have seen what he can do against NFL competition and they know he can handle the speed and other challenges of the pro game. There's no way they can be as sure about that with Wyoming's Josh Allen or Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
Jets could pursue QB Bridgewater if Cousins signs elsewhere
SNY TV | Mar 5