New York Jets working on deal for Teddy Bridgewater

There was constant speculation that he would be replaced, but it never happened. He broke his left hand in Week 14 and missed the rest of the season. McCown, 38, thought his career might be over after he suffered that injury in Denver, but his family encouraged him to keep playing.

Knee injuries have kept Bridgewater on the sidelines for much of the past two years as he's appeared in just one game since the end of the 2015 season.

As for the current roster, the deal likely spells bad news for either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. He was considered a rising star in the National Football League ahead of a gruesome dislocated knee injury sustained during a Vikings non-contact drill just before the 2016 season. During that time, he completed 64.7% of his passes while throwing 28 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

If they wanted to get a starter the Jets would have to take a risk. Had the Jets been able to secure a more traditional five-year deal with only a portion of the contract guaranteed, that would have been a far more palatable alternative.

If the Jets do want Bridgewater, then they've got to make an aggressive run at him, lest they lose out to another quarterback-needy team. He will team up with Darron Lee in the middle of Todd Bowles' defense. But in reality, what's the point? And although the Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire had pretty solid seasons previous year, they aren't every down backs.

The only other quarterback now signed by the Vikings is former undrafted free agent Kyle Sloter.

"I enjoyed my season there this year", McCown said during an interview with NFL Network in January.

Crowell, 25, gained 3,118 yards in four seasons with the Browns, but he didn't become the team's primary back until the past two seasons. You have to figure the Jets are going to be in the QB draft market still. Bridewater's is a base deal of $5 million with $10 million in incentives. This signing will bring McCown back as a member of the New York Jets.

  • Julie Sanders