17 March, 2018
The Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater (Plan B) and Josh McCown to a split 10 million dollar, one year deal (McCown and Bridgewater split five million). Rapoport notes that Bridgewater has other options as well, but that he's New York's first choice right now. Bridgewater's arrival, coupled with the re-signing of McCown, hints that NY could subsequently part ways with one, if not both, of its backups. Having just seen the disastrous effects of putting two veteran quarterbacks in front of a rookie with Christian Hackenberg two seasons ago, the Jets seem to be set up to repeat that same mistake if they do in fact take a quarterback with their first-round pick in the upcoming draft.
Bridgewater, 25, said recently he still considers himself a starter, which will make for a spirited competition in training camp.
All three of the Minnesota Vikings' free-agent quarterbacks apparently have found new homes. At 6-4 and 230 pounds he spent four seasons at Wisconsin, where he threw for 7,635 yards with 48 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. Following a short delay, the two sides came to terms on a one-year deal. He also has rushed for 1,076 yards and amassed 13 touchdowns on the ground. He posted a passer rating higher than 100 in eight games, the second most by a Jets quarterback in a single season. A broken left hand finished his season with three games remaining. McCown feels comfortable here and played well. They went 5-8 with him in the lineup - and failed to win a game after his injury. Everybody knows this. The guy turns 39 in July, after all.
Nate Solder to sign four-year, $62 million contract with Giants
Last night a small piece of good news was delivered: The Patriots will re-sign core special teamer Nate Ebner to a two-year deal. Without Solder, the Patriots have a massive void at left tackle, where he started for the majority of the past seven seasons.
McCown, who'll turn 39 in July, had a career season previous year while setting individual highs with 2,926 yards passing and 18 touchdowns, and quickly established himself as a respected leader in the locker room. He made a slight jump in 2015-16, accounting for 3,231 yards and 14 more touchdowns while chiseling his interceptions down to nine.
Johnson was given the franchise designation in February 2016 and again in 2017 and played the past two seasons with Los Angeles on the one-year tender.