The New York Jets traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports.
In addition, the Saints reportedly will receive a sixth-round draft choice in 2019, while surrendering a third-round selection to the Jets next year.
Bridgewater will back up Hall of Fame-bound Drew Brees and could be the Saints’ heir-apparent for the 39-year-old.
The 6-2, 215-pound Bridgewater was the No. 1 draft choice (No. 32 overall) of the Minnesota Vikings out of Louisville in 2014, when he was Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, and in 2015 he made the Pro Bowl.
However, he sustained a torn left ACL during training camp in 2016 and the Vikings declined to pick up the fifth year of his rookie contract before last season.
Bridgewater finally returned for the Vikings in Week 15 last season and didn’t complete either of the two passes he threw and had one intercepted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
After signing a free-agent contract with the Jets last March, Bridgewater showed no lingering effects of the knee injury during training camp or preseason games.
However, the Jets decided to go with No. 1 draft choice Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback, with veteran Josh McCown as the backup.
Bridgewater has passed for 6,150 yards and 28 touchdowns with 22 interceptions, while rushing for 398 yards and four touchdowns in his NFL career. He is a big upgrade over Saints backup quarterbacks Tom Savage, Taysom Hill and J.T. Barrett.