Is Teddy Bridgewater a possibility for the Jaguars?
With the NFL trade deadline only days away, will the Jacksonville Jaguars reach out to the New Orleans Saints for a deal involving Teddy Bridgewater?
It’s going to be a question the Jacksonville Jaguars front office will be asked over the next four days. Will the franchise reach out to another team to trade for a quarterback? Will this team finally make a move to challenge incumbent signal caller Blake Bortles? Is Teddy Bridgewater a consideration?
Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire thinks a deal involving Bridgewater makes sense. The former Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets quarterback is playing second fiddle to Drew Brees. Will he become the “hot” name on the trade block if someone like Oakland’s Derek Carr isn’t dealt before Tuesday?
"“Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone’s decision to bench quarterback Blake Bortles in the third quarter of Jacksonville’s eventual 20-7 to the Texans probably came too late for a lot of people,” Farrar stated. “Unfortunately for Marrone’s team, the only other option was backup Cody Kessler, a third-year man who has shown very little at the NFL level.”"
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Bridgewater is not the only option the Jaguars could have, as Carr may be available. Other names that might crop up, as they have before the season started, are Cleveland’s Tyrod Taylor and Philadelphia’s Nick Foles.
Personally, I love the idea of the Jaguars reaching out about Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Jaguars signal caller’s issues this season have been well-chronicled as he in the middle of a three-game losing streak with little help on offense due to a myriad of injuries to key players. His play, however, cannot be ignored as one of the reasons for the team’s debacle last week at home against AFC South rival Houston.
"“Marrone sat Bortles because the quarterback had just lost his second fumble of the game, but throughout this season and throughout his career, Bortles has struggled enough with the basics of the position to make a move necessary if the Jaguars are to make the most of an excellent run game and one of the NFL’s best defenses,” Farrar added."
Bortles was a better quarterback last season for a team that led with a hefty running game and a defense that was as dominant as any unit in recent memory. Now, the running game has suffered because of a Leonard Fournette hamstring injury and a lack of turnovers on defense. Still, when it comes down to it, quarterback play is the one thing the national media points to, which has been below average in three straight losses.
Bortles signed a three-year contract extension worth $54 million this offseason that is guaranteed for the first two seasons and $26.5 million. The team is married to the former first-round draft pick until the end of 2019. There is still a belief the Jaguars will bring in another quarterback this offseason or draft on in April.
Bridgewater, who has an injury history in the NFL, still could provide competition at the position.
"“This is exactly what the Jaguars should do. Offering a second-round pick for Bridgewater might save their season,” explained Farrar. “Bortles isn’t going to come around overnight, the coaching staff appears to have lost faith in him, and in his preseason with the Jets, Bridgewater showed that he still has the mobility, accuracy, and field vision to start and win. The 3-4 Jaguars don’t have any time to waste. They have a London game against the Eagles this Sunday, and then a bye in which they can conduct business.”"
When Bridgewater’s name first came up in trade talks involving the Jaguars this offseason, it involved the Jets and potentially a deal with defensive end Dante Fowler, a former first-round pick who did not have his fifth-year option picked up by the franchise.