Reports: Saints acquire Bridgewater from Jets

The New York Jets traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for a third-round pick, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

According to multiple reports, the Jets loaded their team buses in preparation to drive to Philadelphia for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles before pulling Bridgewater off the bus to inform him of the deal with the Saints.

Bridgewater, 25, joined the Jets in free agency on a one-year, incentive-laden deal that guaranteed him just $1 million but has a base value of $6 million and a max value of $15 million.

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His name has been a popular one in trade rumors after he performed well this preseason, his first steady game action since suffering a gruesome knee injury on the eve of the 2016 regular season. Bridgewater went 28 for 38 (73.7 percent) for 316 yards (8.3 yards per attempt), two touchdowns and an interception in three preseason appearances. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan previously hinted at a possible trade.

Since the Minnesota Vikings took him 32nd overall in 2014, Bridgewater has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 6,150 yards (7.2 yards per attempt), 28 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while going 17-11 as a starter.

Saints starter Drew Brees turns 40 in January and is under contract through the 2019 season, after he signed a two-year, $50 million deal this offseason as a free agent. Free agent signee Tom Savage and former undrafted free agent Taysom Hill had been battling for the backup job in New Orleans. Savage is on a one-year deal, while Hill is under contract through 2019.

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) as the thirty second overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings during the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes before the game against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is tackled by Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 37-35. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) calls a play in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport American Football NFL) *** Local Caption *** 2015-08-29T233625Z_600304888_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_NFL-PRESEASON-MINNESOTA-VIKINGS-AT-DALLAS-COWBOYS.JPG
Nov 1, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (left) greets running back Adrian Peterson prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) rolls out of the pocket against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at the Georgia Dome. The Vikings defeated the Falcons 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport American Football NFL) *** Local Caption *** 2015-11-29T223236Z_998194092_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_NFL-MINNESOTA-VIKINGS-AT-ATLANTA-FALCONS.JPG
Jan 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) stands next to a heater in the first half of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 23: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings leaves the field following a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 23, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings won the gme 16-0. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JUNE 12: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the New York Jets addresses the media before the start of mandatory minicamp on June 12, 2018 at The Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 16: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the New York Jets in action against the Washington Redskins during a preseason game at FedExField on August 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Jets will move forward with 39-year-old veteran Josh McCown, who re-signed on a $10 million deal in free agency this spring, and No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold. The 21-year-old rookie started the team's third preseason game and appears to have a great chance to open Week 1 as the Jets' starter.

Darnold has gone 29 of 45 (64.4 percent) for 244 yards (5.4 yards per attempt), two touchdowns and an interception in three preseason games. McCown has barely played in preseason while the team gave Bridgewater and Darnold more reps.

--Field Level media

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