Shortly after giving Josh McCown a one-year, $10 million to return to NY, the Jets agreed to sign ex-Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Dianna Russini.
Josh McCown signed a $10 million deal to be the starter, but Bridgewater learning under his guidance is the best thing for him. He also has been told he will be the starting quarterback in 2018, a source confirmed.
But the Jets came up empty on reeling in the big fish, Cousins, who went to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Jets had always expressed an interest in re-signing McCown as their fallback option - and they may not be finished.
Bridgewater has thrown for 28 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, and 6,150 yards in 30 National Football League games.
But McCown returning for a second season does not sit well with some Jets fans, who had high hopes of making a more significant upgrade at quarterback. 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. McCown, Julius Peppers and Dwight Freeney were the only players from the 2002 draft still playing in 2017.
He started 12 of his 13 appearances as a rookie in Minnesota, posting 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.