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Watching Keenum, Bradford, and Bridgewater in 2018

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There’s a chance Teddy and the Jets will never actually become a thing. As MDS pointed out this morning during the morning PFT staff meeting (actually, we don’t have meetings; we just email and text whenever), the Jets have not yet announced the signing of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. They have, however, announced the signings of other unrestricted free agents: cornerback Trumaine Johnson, running back Isaiah Crowell, kicker Cairo Santos.

Colts G.M. Chris Ballard in the immediate aftermath of the trade that the discussions with the Jets began on Monday or Tuesday. Perhaps Bridgewater’s deal became insurance against not making the trade. Now that the trade has been made, the Jets can have the same coincidental concerns about Bridgewater’s knee that, for example, the Ravens had about receiver Ryan Grant after Michael Crabtree finally became available.

Or maybe Bridgewater’s camp had caught wind of the trade efforts, opting thereafter to slow play the situation and ultimately to not sign a contract, now that the Jets have gotten themselves into even better position to take a high-profile rookie quarterback who would make Bridgewater’s presence on the roster potentially moot.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/18/jets-have-yet-to-announce-teddy-bridgewater-deal/

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The Jets still haven’t announced the signing of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. But they will.

Shortly after we pointed out the absence of an official announcement on the signing, a league source told PFT that Bridgewater has passed his physical, and the Jets will announce that he has signed.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/18/source-teddy-bridgewater-has-passed-physical-will-sign-with-jets/

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The Jets paid a huge quarterback premium to move up to the third overall pick in the draft. To get pick No. 3, the Jets gave up pick No. 6, pick No. 37, pick No. 49 and a second-round pick next year.

The last time a team moved up to the third overall pick was in the 2013 NFL draft, and that team gave up a whole lot less. That year, the Dolphins got pick No. 3 from the Raiders, giving up only pick No. 12 and pick No. 42. Miami drafted defensive end Dion Jordan, who managed a grand total of three sacks as a Dolphin, which shows the danger of trading up in the draft: You don’t actually know if the guy you’re trading up for is going to be any good.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/19/jets-gave-up-far-more-than-the-last-team-to-move-up-to-no-3/

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The trade, this early, baffles me. The Jets don’t have a clue as to who’s going to be available, and they left the door open for a team like Buffalo to jump them to #2 and take the guy they are targeting. 

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41 minutes ago, vike daddy said:

The Jets paid a huge quarterback premium to move up to the third overall pick in the draft. To get pick No. 3, the Jets gave up pick No. 6, pick No. 37, pick No. 49 and a second-round pick next year.

The last time a team moved up to the third overall pick was in the 2013 NFL draft, and that team gave up a whole lot less. That year, the Dolphins got pick No. 3 from the Raiders, giving up only pick No. 12 and pick No. 42. Miami drafted defensive end Dion Jordan, who managed a grand total of three sacks as a Dolphin, which shows the danger of trading up in the draft: You don’t actually know if the guy you’re trading up for is going to be any good.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/19/jets-gave-up-far-more-than-the-last-team-to-move-up-to-no-3/

That, without a doubt, is one of the worst trades in the last 20 years.  

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40 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

The trade, this early, baffles me. The Jets don’t have a clue as to who’s going to be available, and they left the door open for a team like Buffalo to jump them to #2 and take the guy they are targeting. 

The only way it makes sense is if they decided they want one of the top-3 QBs and don't really care which one they get, which in my opinion is an insane strategy

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2 minutes ago, vike daddy said:

Via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Bridgewater’s one-year deal includes only $500,000 guaranteed, via his signing bonus. Bridgewater’s $5 million base salary is non-guaranteed. The deal also includes $9 million in incentives.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/19/teddy-bridgewater-gets-only-500000-guaranteed/

He's gonna get waived in camp and then be picked up by the Patriots.

Calling my shot.

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and here he was trying to get a $10 million+ deal with us, and then signed for that...?

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26 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

I wonder if Bridgewater’s camp is wishing his contract had tolled?

Probably not, considering he would get zero playing time with Cousins here and they knew that was happening. His only hope at getting real money is to do a 1-year deal, show he can still play, and then cash in next year.

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30 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

I wonder if Bridgewater’s camp is wishing his contract had tolled?

Doubt it. He is getting paid way better with the contract he signed than he would be getting paid on the tolled contract. Also, he has a better chance of winning the starting job with the Jets. With the Vikings his chance of starting would be dependent on an injury to Cousins.

Of course, given the quality of offensive line that Spielman generally puts together, an injury to Cousins is not at all unlikely. On the other hand, Teddy might rather not also play behind a Spielman offensive line.

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my guess is he wants to re-build his value as quickly as possible so he went to the place that gave him the best chance at a starting job. taking a one-year deal with almost no guaranteed money and half of it is incentives is about the biggest "prove it" deal i've seen recently. he's obviously betting on himself, not that one would expect differently from him.

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The contracts of Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are more typical of contracts that are signed by free agents. They are each different in their own way, but the one thing they share is that the initially announced numbers may or may not be the actual numbers.

Keenum’s contract is arguably the most straightforward of the three, but it has some complications. It provides strong incentives for him to cash in on the entire deal. It’s two years, $36 million that includes a 2018 base salary of $8 million, a $6 million signing bonus and a $4 million roster bonus. Effectively, Keenum is going to make $18 million this year. However, it likely wouldn’t be in Denver’s best interests to cut him after 2018. In 2019, his base salary is $18 million, but, if he was to be cut, there would be a $10 million cap hit because so much of his contract is guaranteed. There is every reason to believe he will see the full amount.

Technically, Bradford signed a two-year, $40 million contract, but it’s going to require him to play all 32 games the next two seasons to earn full freight. His contract is, in reality, a one-year deal because there is a team option for 2019 to pick up or dump the contract, which will come due on before the new league year in 2019. The devil is in the details … and there are plenty of details. At a minimum, Bradford will score $15 million. His contract includes $5 million in per-game roster bonuses - $312,500 and change for every game he’s on the active roster. He has the same $5 million incentive next year – if Arizona exercises its option.

Bridgewater’s deal is even more onerous. His deal was announced as one year, $15 million, but that is in a dream scenario. The stark reality is that, as of today, only $500,000 of the deal is truly guaranteed, but attendance at offseason workouts – which he will do – will guarantee another $500,000. After that? It gets to be a lot of “prove it” to his contract. However, if Teddy can fulfill the confidence he had on Getaway Day that he will be a 2018 starter, he should earn at least $6 million. 

The details of his contract are numerous. He earns $4 million for being on the active roster every game and taking 50 percent of offensive snaps. Then come the quarter-mil milestones. If Teddy plays, they’re easily achievable – 2,500 passing yards, 10 TD passes. For each one he reaches, he cashes in $250,000. Then come the half-mil milestones. If he throws for 2,700 yards and/or 16 touchdowns, his previously-reached checked boxes increase from $250,000 to $500,000. Then come the low-level Big Daddy bonuses. If he throws for 3,000 yards and/or 21 touchdowns, his $500,000 marks turn into $1.25 million.

https://scout.com/nfl/vikings/Article/Former-Minnesota-Vikings-starting-QBs-received-three-increasingly-complicated-contracts-116475222

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