Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

If Jets ink Bridgewater, Little Changes for Maccagnan

If Jets ink Bridgewater, Little Changes for Maccagnan

Years have gone by where the New York Jets have lost out on either signing or drafting a franchise quarterback.

At 38, McCown is the veteran quarterback the Jets want mentoring a rookie signal caller and Teddy Bridgewater, who is reportedly working on finalizing a deal with NY. They're also in talks with free agent Teddy Bridgewater, a source said.

Instead, a 5-11 record has the Jets choosing sixth in the draft, a pick that could be used on one of a number of promising first-round-caliber quarterbacks whether it be USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield or Louisville's Lamar Jackson.

The Jets were previously among the teams credited with an interest in Kirk Cousins, the top QB on the free-agent market, who now looks set to sign for the Minnesota Vikings.

After being more interesting last season than anyone gave them credit for, the Jets waited until late Tuesday afternoon before deciding to put together a very solid offseason haul.

McCown signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Jets last season, but has parlayed a strong 2017 performance into another - and bigger - deal with NY, as the veteran quarterback has just agreed to one-year, $10 million contract with the team.

McCown's season ended prematurely after suffering a fractured left (non-throwing) hand, which required surgery, in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos. The Jets weren't expected to competitive in 2017-18 but played above expectations, albeit winning only five regular-season games and finishing in the cellar of the AFC East. Wednesday is the first day National Football League teams can sign players.

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