The New Orleans Saints completed a trade for New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday afternoon, according to multiple sources. New Orleans is sending a 3rd round selection in the upcoming 2019 draft while receiving Bridgewater and a 6th round pick.
Bridgwater, who came into the league as a first round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, has started 28 games with a 17-11 record. He has a 64.7% career completion percentage with 28 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions.
The 25-year-old Bridgewater suffered a severe knee injury in 2016, costing him the season and much of 2017, but returned in a backup role for the Vikings toward the end of last year. This offseason, he joined the New York Jets in free agency, where he looked fully recovered from his injury, and was even speculated by some as the Jets' possible opening day starter earlier this offseason over rookie first round pick Sam Darnold.
New Orleans will surrender a third round draft pick for Bridgewater, who presumably will step into the backup role behind Drew Brees. The spot had been worrisome, since neither Tom Savage or Taysom Hill had shown consistency through three preseason games.