The NFL was shocked on Monday Night Football when New York Jets’ superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with a season-ending Achilles injury. It was just four plays into Rodgers’ new chapter with the Jets, which has led to quite a bit of speculation about the Jets going out and finding a new quarterback via the trade market. One potential fit could be Detroit Lions’ veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Along with Bridgewater, there have been plenty of veteran options mentioned as potential fits. Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and even Tom Brady have been the top mentioned targets.
Jeremy Reisman believes that the Jets and Lions could be a good trade partner for each other. Bridgewater could be a perfect addition behind Zach Wilson to give New York much-needed depth.
“Detroit may not want to part with Bridgewater to protect their own quarterback depth, but at the same time, flipping him for a draft pick to a desperate team makes some sense. It’s an easy way to pick up draft capital, and the Lions have both David Blough on the practice squad and rookie Hendon Hooker nearing a return from his injury. They wouldn’t be completely lost without Bridgewater if Jared Goff went down.”
While the idea makes a ton of sense for both parties, the Lions may not have any interest. After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 action, Detroit may feel that they have a legitimate chance to compete. Having a veteran and proven quarterback in case of a Goff injury would be a must in that situation.
However, the Lions should be open to this kind of move. If the Jets come calling with an aggressive offer, Detroit should not be too scared to pull the trigger.
Bridgewater played in just four games last season with the Miami Dolphins. He completed 62 percent of his pass attempts for 683 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Back in 2022, Bridgewater played in 14 games with the Denver Broncos. Those numbers show why the Jets should at least have some level of interest. He ended the year with a 66.9 completion percentage for 3,052 yards, 18 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, while also scoring twice on the ground.
All of that being said, none of this is concrete fact and the Jets and Lions have not been reported to have talked about a Teddy Bridgewater trade. But, if New York wants to bring in a potential starter, this would be one of the best options to do so.