The rumor continues to churn about the Jacksonville Jaguars acquiring quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to challenge or replace current starter Blake Bortles.
When will the rumors end? After a so-so performance against the Minnesota Vikings, the calls by national media and football websites for the Jacksonville Jaguars to replace Blake Bortles with New York Jets backup Teddy Bridgewater have ramped up once again.
After Bridgewater, who appears to be a backup in the Big Apple, played well in the Jets 15-13 loss to the Washington Redskins, cries for the Jaguars to give Bortles more competition or for the Jaguars to find someone who can provide more stability at the quarterback position reared their ugly heads once again.
The New York Jets drafted Sam Danold with the third pick in the NFL Draft in April.
This time, it’s a piece on “For the Win” that begs the question if Jacksonville needs Bridgewater rather than the quarterback who played his football during the team’s playoff run last season. Granted, there were five teams named in the story by Steven Ruiz, but Jacksonville continues to be a name connected to the former Louisville signal-caller and first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2014.
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"“On paper, trading for Bridgewater makes a ton of sense for the Jaguars. It made even more sense to sign him in the offseason – more sense than giving Blake Bortles a big extension, at least,” Ruiz writes."
Bortles and the Jaguars agreed on a three-year, $54-million contract extension this offseason, allowing the Jaguars cap flexibility to sign free agents and gives the team a chance to potentially work on another cap-friendly deal with their quarterback in the future.
The former first-round pick in 2014 (the same draft where Bridgewater was selected) has looked better in training camp and had wrist surgery this offseason, something he told the media in prior weeks has him playing better football. He did look a bit sluggish against Minnesota this past week.
Just a note – the Vikings offense looked sluggish against the Jaguars defense as well in the 14-10 Jacksonville win.
Ruiz said Bridgewater is a more accurate passer and moves more efficiently in the pocket – two more reasons to make the deal. Also, this is not a deal that would break the bank for general manager David Caldwell to make,
"“Acquiring Bridgewater, who would cost the Jags only $5 million this season, would be a low-risk, high-reward move that could potentially take this team from the periphery of Super Bowl contention to the top of the contender’s list,” Ruiz adds. “There isn’t one thing (outside of not having his knee explode in a freak accident, that is) that Bortles does better than Bridgewater on a football field.”"
Bortles has been one of the more durable quarterbacks in the NFL since he was drafted and produced solid numbers last season, which included the lowest number of interceptions in his career. Bortles was sacked a total of 24 times, the fewest number since he came into the NFL