Saints’ 2019 draft options limited by past deals
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints have no time to waste if they want to win another Super Bowl with record-setting quarterback Drew Brees under center — which is why three of their top four 2019 draft...
Saints reach deal to keep quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to keep him as Drew Brees' main backup.
MIAMI (AP) — Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater met Wednesday night with the Miami Dolphins to discuss playing for his hometown team, but his visit ended without a contract...
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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Mark Ingram, LB Manti Te'o, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, S Chris Banjo, WR Dez Bryant, OL Jermon Bushrod, DT Jay Bromley, OT Michael Ola, G...
Payton: Bridgewater to start Saints’ finale vs. Panthers
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says Teddy Bridgewater will start New Orleans' regular-season finale Sunday against Carolina.
The decision announced Friday afternoon allows starter Drew Brees to rest for playoffs with the Saints already having wrapped up the top seed in the NFC.
Jets’ Darnold tops list of youngest QBs to start an opener
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold's first snap for the New York Jets on Monday night will be one for the record books.
The rookie will become the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in the Super Bowl era — since the 1966 season — at 21 years and 97 days old at kickoff against the Lions in Detroit.
Jets QB Darnold to make NFL history Monday against Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Sam Darnold is about to make NFL history.
The New York Jets plan to have the 21-year-old rookie start Monday in Detroit, making him the youngest quarterback to do so in an opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. And just to put Darnold in the spotlight a little more, he is set to become the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener on "Monday Night Football."
Bowles won’t name starting QB after Jets lose 10-9 to Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Darnold watched the preseason finale from the sideline like most starters, but Jets coach Todd Bowles isn't ready to name the rookie his No. 1 quarterback.
"I haven't made a decision or talked to anybody about it," Bowles said after New York's 10-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.
Saints acquire QB Teddy Bridgewater from Jets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets for a third-round draft pick on Wednesday.
While record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is entrenched as New Orleans' starter, the move signifies that Saints coach Sean Payton was not entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as Brees' backup.
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-6)
New faces: LB Demario Davis, S Kurt Coleman, CB Patrick Robinson, WR Cameron Meredith, QB Teddy Bridgewater, OL Jermon Bushrod, TE Ben Watson, DE Marcus Davenport, WR Tre'Quan Smith.
Key losses: S Kenny Vaccaro, TE Coby Fleener, OL Senio Kelemete, WR Willie Snead, RT Zach Strief.
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NEW YORK JETS (5-11)
New faces: Rookie QB Sam Darnold, CB Trumaine Johnson, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Terrelle Pryor, LB Avery Williamson, C Spencer Long, DE Henry Anderson, S J.J. Wilcox, K Jason Myers, rookie DE Nathan Shepherd, rookie TE Chris Herndon.
Key losses: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, LB Demario Davis, RB Matt Forte, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DE Kony Ealy, C Wesley Johnson, K Chandler Catanzaro.
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)
New faces: Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, QB Kirk Cousins, DT Sheldon Richardson, PK Daniel Carlson, CB/KR Mike Hughes, C/G Brett Jones, SS George Iloka, WR Kendall Wright, OL Tom Compton, QB Trevor Siemian, OT Brian O'Neill.
Key losses: Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, QB Case Keenum, QB Sam Bradford, QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Jerick McKinnon, G/C Joe Berger, PK Kai Forbath, WR Jarius Wright, DT Tom Johnson, DT Shamar Stephen, OL Jeremiah Sirles.
Bowles has idea who Jets’ QB will be _ but he’s not saying
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles has a secret — and he's not letting on at all.
The only thing is, everyone has a pretty good idea what it is.
The New York Jets coach won't say who his starting quarterback will be this season, despite all signs appearing to point to rookie Sam Darnold.
"I definitely won't do it today," Bowles said Sunday of an official announcement. "Sometime next week ... maybe."
Jets waive-injured WR Whitehead, sign QB Wolford
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have waived-injured wide receiver Lucky Whitehead and signed quarterback John Wolford.
Whitehead didn't practice last week or play in the preseason game against the Giants on Friday night because of an undisclosed injury. He played his first two NFL seasons with Dallas before being claimed by New York off waivers last summer.
Whitehead was waived-injured by the Jets last September and was signed to their practice squad two months later.
Rookie Sam Darnold starts at QB for Jets at Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Rookie Sam Darnold is starting at quarterback for the New York Jets in their preseason game at the Washington Redskins.
The third overall pick was the third QB to play in the Jets' preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Darnold was 13 of 18 for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Jets and Redskins a study in contrasts at quarterback
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Unsure of Kirk Cousins' future, the Washington Redskins scoped out the quarterback market and saw a lot of unknowns.
Darnold, Bridgewater make cases to be Jets’ starting QB
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets' already intriguing quarterback competition just got a lot more interesting.
Thanks to a poised Sam Darnold. And a sharp and healthy Teddy Bridgewater.
Josh McCown is still No. 1 on the depth chart, but the other two quarterbacks made big-time statements in the Jets' 17-0 preseason-opening victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night.
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Jets get strong QB play against sluggish Falcons, win 17-0
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut, Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp and healthy, and the New York Jets earned the franchise's first preseason home shutout by beating the sluggish Atlanta Falcons 17-0 on Friday night.
Darnold shines, Bridgewater sharp as Jets top Falcons 17-0
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold jogged onto the field for his NFL debut and was greeted by butterflies in his stomach and cheers in the stands.
The anxiety quickly faded. The buzz only got louder.
Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut and made a strong initial case to win the Jets' starting quarterback job as he helped lead New York to a 17-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night.
Teddy Bridgewater can't help but smile these days.
Even through the sweat and exhaustion that mark the blazing hot days of training camp, the New York Jets quarterback still appreciates the little things about being a professional football player.
Because he almost wasn't anymore.
"I get excited every day I get to get my ankles taped, lace my cleats up and run out of the locker room and practice because it was taken away from me for two years," Bridgewater said after a recent practice.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets' three-man quarterback competition could last the entire summer.
Coach Todd Bowles is in no hurry to make his decision on whether it will be Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Darnold under center as the starter in the team's regular-season opener at Detroit on Sept. 10.
Jets’ tight ends in tightly contested competition
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets will spend the next few weeks sorting through their intriguing quarterback situation, with Sam Darnold, Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater the clear focus of attention.
But the tight ends are in perhaps the most tightly contested competition of camp.
New York has a group of five mostly unheralded players trying to win roster spots and be among the guys catching passes from whoever ends up under center this season.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Still no sign of Sam Darnold.
The No. 3 overall draft pick sat out of New York Jets camp for the second straight day in a contract impasse that has already lasted longer than most expected.
Darnold is expected to compete with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting quarterback job once he's under contract. But he and Chicago linebacker Roquan Smith, the No. 8 choice, remain the only unsigned picks from the entire NFL draft.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater remembers some of his teammates crying. They were on their knees and praying.
The New York Jets quarterback was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 when he went down in a heap of agonizing pain. Bridgewater had twisted his left knee badly on a non-contact play, and the severity of the injury was only beginning to surface.
Bridgewater knew from the looks of his teammates' faces that the situation was dire. And somehow, he stayed calm.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The grizzled veteran. The comeback kid. The hotshot rookie.
The New York Jets' quarterback competition is an intriguing mix of experience, charisma and hype with Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold all going for the starting job this summer.
And any of the three could end up under center when the regular season begins in September.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater rolled right, kept moving and then zipped a pass down the field on the run.
If his first practice of organized team activities with the New York Jets was a test of his health and confidence, the quarterback passed in a big way. And so did his surgically repaired left knee.
"It feels great," a smiling Bridgewater said Tuesday.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have waived quarterback Bryce Petty, parting ways with their 2015 fourth-round draft pick after three seasons.
The move Thursday comes a week after the Jets drafted USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick.
New York currently has four quarterbacks on its roster, including Darnold, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Hackenberg.
The Vikings head into Thursdays first round of the NFL draft with the No. 30 overall pick. They have selected at No. 30 three times before in franchise history: 1962 (WR Bill Miller, Miami, third round), 1980 (CB Willie Teal, LSU, second round) and 1985 (CB Issiac Holt, Alcorn State, second round).
In recent drafts using a late first-round pick, the Vikings grabbed Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 29 in 2013 and Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32 in 2014.
Vikings announce preseason game opponents, starting with Case Keenum’s Broncos
Case Keenums debut in a Broncos jersey will come against the Vikings.
NFL teams announced preseason opponents Wednesday, and the Vikings opening contest will be in Denver. The date isnt set yet, but will be between Aug. 9-12 in the first week of the exhibition slate.
Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million contract with the Broncos last month as the Vikings pursued and signed Kirk Cousins. The Vikings went 12-4 in Keenums starts last season, ending in a NFC Championship game loss.
Jets sign WR Charles Johnson, LB Kevin Minter
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed free agent wide receiver Charles Johnson and linebacker Kevin Minter.
Johnson becomes the 17th receiver on the Jets' roster, which includes Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and recently signed Terrelle Pryor.
Jets’ Josh McCown signs $10 million contract while waiting for Chick-fil-A
What better way to celebrate a $10 million dollar contract than with a fast-food dinner.
Quarterback Josh McCown re-upped with the New York Jets signing a one-year deal with the team. He'll likely be the back-up to former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who the Jets also recently added with a one-year deal.
Vikings invested wisely in landing Kirk Cousins for their long-term quarterback
For all the talk of the Vikings giving Kirk Cousins a three-year guaranteed $84 million contract, with $24 million for 2018, its worth noting that the Vikings will be spending only $4 million more on quarterbacks in 2018 than in 2017.
That total doesnt include a potential $2 million bonus he could earn if the Vikings reach the Super Bowl.
Trevor Siemian offers familiar risks, welcome security as Vikings’ backup quarterback
Randball: Michael Rand
After deciding to trade for Sam Bradford late in the 2016 preseason when Teddy Bridgewater was injured and backup Shaun Hill was deemed not desirable enough as a full-time starter, the Vikings probably didnt need much more convincing when it comes to the value of having a good backup plan at QB.
NEW YORK (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater refused to think about the possibility of never playing football again.
Not when he was clutching his mangled left leg and screaming in pain. Not during the nearly two years of intense rehabilitation that followed.
NEW YORK (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater is getting a fresh start in a new place that suddenly has a crowded quarterbacks room — and could be adding another signal caller soon.
The New York Jets signed the former Minnesota Vikings star to a one-year contract, making the deal official Sunday.
Kirk Cousins’ lucrative Vikings contract is cost of doing business in high-stakes NFL
The Vikings were coming off a division championship in 2008 when they jumped at the opportunity to replace former second-round pick Tarvaris Jackson as their starting quarterback with Brett Favre. They paid the Hall of Famer $12 million for the 2009 season, and boosted his 2010 salary from $13 million to $16 million to lure him back one more time.
Josh McCown signs new contract with New York Jets in Chick-fil-A drive-thru
The New York Jets retained free agent quarterback Josh McCown on a one-year contract worth $10 million. He spent the first few dollars of that deal at Chick-fil-A.
The 38-year-old quarterback tweeted a photo of him writing his electronic signature on his phone to sign his new contract:
No better time to sign a deal with @nyjets then waiting on some @ChickfilA Photocred: Aiden McCown pic.twitter.com/fy6aNOgQpE Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) March 14, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While Kirk Cousins was on his way to visit, the Minnesota Vikings were moving swiftly toward securing a potential backup.
According to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, the Vikings were working on a trade Wednesday with the Denver Broncos to acquire quarterback Trevor Siemian. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by NFL Media, was not final.
Jets fly into free agency with flurry of activity
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets kicked off free agency with a furious frenzy.
After losing out on the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, they brought back Josh McCown on a one-year deal worth $10 million on Wednesday. They also agreed to terms with former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater — also on a one-year contract, according to published reports.
The Vikings history book is filled with starting quarterback controversies, and the latest involving Case Keenum and Kirk Cousins might beat them all.
The speculation is that Cousins will sign Thursday after coming to Minnesota to meet with the Vikings at the start of free agency, which opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Cousins, the top free-agent quarterback available, is expected to sign a three-year deal worth a guaranteed $84 million and be a Viking by the end of the week.
Vikings quarterback exodus: Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater head out of Minnesota
A clean slate of Vikings quarterbacks is clearing the way for Kirk Cousins.
Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford all agreed to terms Tuesday with new teams, marking the official end of their tenures in Minnesota, league sources told the Star Tribune.
Unrestricted free agents cant officially sign with other teams until 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when the new league year begins.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins is predictably the top priority on Minnesota's offseason shopping list.
The free agent quarterback is on the verge of a big payday at age 29, his first time on the open market.
If you trust the math, there is a way for the Vikings to afford Kirk Cousins
The Vikings remained publicly agnostic about their quarterbacking options last week at the NFL combine; coach Mike Zimmer laid out the strengths and weaknesses of all his in-house candidates, while General Manager Rick Spielman batted away a report that the Vikings had decided not to use the franchise tag on Case Keenum and said the team had not made a decision on any of its options.
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QBs Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater; RB Jerick McKinnon; WR Michael Floyd; RG Joe Berger; DTs Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen; LB Emmanuel Lamur; CBs Terence Newman, Marcus Sherels and Tramaine Brock; PK Kai Forbath.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: OL Jeremiah Sirles; LG Nick Easton; SS Anthony Harris.
When evaluating the Vikings’ quarterback options, don’t forget about the NFL draft or Kyle Sloter
INDIANAPOLIS In the Vikings first two drafts under Rick Spielman, the team used a pair of picks on developmental quarterbacks, when they selected Tyler Thigpen in the seventh round in 2007 and John David Booty in the fifth round the next year.
Since then, they have turned to the quarterback position in the draft for only one reason: to spend a first-round pick on a passer who might end their hunt for a franchise cornerstone.
INDIANAPOLIS Quinton Flowers already is a success story on his own.
But the South Florida quarterback, who is talking to NFL teams at the NFL scouting combine this week about playing running back, has a role model in Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The two have been friends and training partners since the Miami-area high school rivals played each other on the gridiron.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Spielman came to this year's annual NFL scouting combine with a quarterback quandary.
He has two first-round draft picks trying to recover from injuries and a third-stringer, who led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game.
Now, instead of reaping the benefits of his smart moves and abundant riches, Spielman faces one of the most challenging decisions a general manager can with all three set to become free agents in less than two weeks.
If you are looking for a defining date in this whole confusing and wonderfully speculative Vikings QB situation, try this one: Nov. 8, 2017.
Here in late February, any Vikings comments about Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford or Kirk Cousins are either held tightly like state secrets or — in the case of Cousins — would amount to tampering before NFL free agency begins March 14.
The time for the Minnesota Vikings to commit anew to a starting quarterback has almost arrived.
They're still in evaluation mode, according to general manager Rick Spielman.
With Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford each on track to become an unrestricted free agent in two weeks, the Vikings have yet to make any final decisions about any of them. That's what Spielman said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday.