We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Dynasty players were intrigued by the Teddy Bridgewater situation for most of the offseason. With only veteran Josh McCown as competition, Bridgewater signed with the Jets in free agency. Hopes were high that he could quickly become the New York starter once healthy. But, the team traded up and selected Sam Darnold. This left Bridgewater as expendable. Given his cheap, one-year contract, the still-young quarterback had a market for his services. The Jets traded Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick to the Saints for a third-round selection in the next NFL Draft. This is a great payoff for New York in that the team paid very little to sign Bridgewater. It is also a great deal for New Orleans who gets a top-end backup for the season. Plus, let’s remember that Drew Brees is 39 years of age and could retire in the next year or two. We expect New Orleans to lock up Bridgewater for the long-term, thus solidifying a succession plan at a key position. The trade also means an end to Taysom Hill value. The Saints touted him as an heir to the starting gig, but he has a college skill-set which would be difficult to transition to the NFL against fast defenses.
With Bridgewater now in New Orleans, we expect Darnold to start sooner than later. Coach Todd Bowles has been effusive in his praise of the rookie. Bowles said, "Any rookie can only get better by playing … so we’re pleased with the progress he’s making week-by-week. That’s been exciting." The Jets will be pushing Darnold to take the reins and make the team his own.
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