The Jets re-signed Josh McCown and added Teddy Bridgewater at the start of free agency, but no one in the National Football League actually believed they'd stand pat with that tandem.
The Jets traded four draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts in order to acquire the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. No other team picking in the Top 10 is looking for a signal-caller, that means we could be in for some surprising draft falls or plenty of wacky draft-day trades. And heck, they might be able to get the same player they wanted at 3 now falling to them at 6.
The Jets announced that Bridgewater is now the fifth quarterback on their roster, joining Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and Joel Stave.
The Jets haven't spent a first-round pick on a quarterback since Mark Sanchez in 2009, and they've suffered the consequences.
The Jets and Bills are expected to draft quarterback in round one with the Bills rumored to be high on Josh Allen and the Jets could have interest in Baker Mayfield. Both general managers were assertive in making this move, but it is one that could pay dividends for the two teams in the future. He also plans to attend the pro days for Darnold and Allen. Assuming the Browns, Jets and Broncos each take a quarterback, one of Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson and Bradley Chubb will be available at No. 6. You don't have to duplicate what the New York Jets did in sending three valuable picks to move up just three spots in the draft. Keenum signed a two-year deal. Considering they just traded away Aqib Talib and his veteran contract, this could be the flawless spot to select Josh Jackson from Iowa.
After today's bombshell news, the Browns must pass on Barkley and go get their franchise changer under center.
Bridgewater started 12 games as a rookie for the Vikings and was named the Pepsi Rookie of the Year. He was given a three-year, $22.5 million deal and will combine with Darron Lee to man the middle of New York's linebacker group. But Maccagnan & Co. know there will be big-time pressure on them to make the correct choice at No. 3. The contingency was to sign one or two veteran quarterbacks and trade draft capital to get within the top three picks to select a rookie QB. They now have the No. 12 and 22 picks to help sweeten the deal for the Giants.
The Colts had done very little in free agency - until Saturday. Now it appears as if they will have limited selection, with not only the Jets moving up but the Giants taking a QB with the second pick. While this scenario isn't much different than it was prior to the trade, it does provide the Bucs some additional intel as to both the Colts and Jets intentions. But as of now, Indy has the sixth pick as well as three of the first 17 picks in the second round. "But right now, we feel pretty good".