Teddy Bridgewater is once again on the move, and I couldn’t be happier. My adoration for the former Louisville star goes back years now, and I have the receipts to prove it, and it almost feels like we’re still not talking enough about how insane it is that this guy is playing football again after the kind of injury he suffered prior to the 2016 NFL season. He literally tore everything in his knee, and as his doctor, Dan Cooper, pointed out in an ESPN piece, “You’ve torn every single thing in your knee and it’s hanging on by one ligament like a hinge.” In conclusion: shit was bad.
Teddy Bridgewater should probably not be playing football right now. It’s insane that Teddy Bridgewater is playing football right now. It’s even more insane that Teddy Bridgewater is playing football at an above-average level and a team, in 2018, gave up a third-round pick to maybe or possibly or definitely bring him in as their quarterback of the future. The New Orleans Saints’ brass of Sean Payton, Jeff Ireland and Mickey Loomis surrendered a valuable future pick to hitch their wagon to Teddy Bridgewater in 2018. Sometimes, things are good.
So what do I make of the Jets trading Bridgewater and throwing the No. 3 overall pick and youngest starting quarterback to start an NFL game since 1970 into the fire right away? Outside of it being a very bold strategy, Cotton, it felt weirdly inevitable. Since the Jets’ front office brought back Josh McCown, signed Teddy Bridgewater and drafted Sam Darnold this felt like their plan. Play a lot of Bridgewater in the preseason, pray to the Football Gods he looks good and can fetch a good pick, and go into Week 1 with the rookie under-center and the 37-year veteran in his ear. If Darnold turns out to be a franchise quarterback, this was a homerun offseason for the Jets, if not, well, the Jets are still the Jets, I suppose.
But it should be noted they did Bridgewater a solid here. Sure, they didn’t trade him to a team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he would probably start right away, but they did trade him to a team with a top-5 head coach, a future Hall-Of-Famer in Drew Brees to sit and learn from, and an offensive situation where, if all goes well, he could be lighting up the Superdome with Michael Thomas, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara and probably Ben Watson because if this guy hasn’t retired yet, are we really sure he’s ever actually going to? I wouldn’t rule out Payton convincing him to play for another 13 years.
As clairvoyant as I like to think I am at times, I don’t know how it is going to work out for Bridgewater in New Orleans. Maybe Brees plays another couple of seasons and Teddy is moved again. Maybe Father Time strikes this season for Brees and we see Bridgewater in action in Week 7 to save the Saints’ season. I don’t know how this is going to unfold, but I do know it’s still one of the best sports stories of the year and, man, we really need stuff like this these days.
Now, let’s get into this week’s Nobody Asked Mailbag where, as always, nobody emailed me these questions, I just wrote them myself. If you’d like to email me, though, you can at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk soon.
Mailbag Question No. 1: “What do you make of the Suns and Rockets trade?”
CT: Initially, it felt like a steal for the Rockets. For months and months, the conversation surrounding Ryan Anderson and his contract was that it was immovable. Well, nobody factored in taking on Marquese Chriss into the equation. I could say I watched a lot of Phoenix Suns games over the past two seasons, but that would be a lie. ( As the president of the Josh Jackson Could Be A Two-Way Star Fan Club, I did keep up with the former Kansas star down the stretch last season for the hopeless Suns.) Still, could Chriss be that bad that GM Ryan McDonough was willing to take on Anderson’s contract just to have a competent, score-first power forward to play next to DeAndre Ayton for a season or two while the team scores 114 every night but surrenders 162? (Seriously, this team doesn’t have a point guard right now, and, outside of Jackson, it looks as though Anderson, Ayton, and Devin Booker will all play major minutes for the Suns this season. NBA League Pass Must-Watch team? Fuck yeah. A team that has any chance to be better than 29th in defensive efficiency this season? Absolutely not. Strap in, Phoenix fans!)
After losing Trevor Ariza, to the Suns no less, and Luc Richard Mbah Moute in the same offseason, GM Daryl Morey has elected to go back to his throw darts at the dartboard strategy. He has taken a flier on Carmelo Anthony, he signed Michael Carter-Williams in 2018, he signed Bruno Caboclo, and now he has brought in Brandon Knight and Chriss as his latest Who Fucking Knows guys. Chriss and Knight probably won’t work out, but Houston moved Anderson’s contract and that is enough for me to give Houston the nod here as the winners of the deal.
Mailbag Question No. 2: Any thoughts on David West retiring?
CT: Ring-chasing works, folks.
Mailbag Question No. 3: The Yankees acquired Andrew McCutchen -- does this matter?
CT: Hmmm. Do we know if Aaron Judge is going to be 100 percent again this season? If not, then it’s certainly possible he moves the needle a tad. As an insane sports person, my first reaction when I saw this trade was official was, “How will this effect Aaron Hicks’ role on the team?” and I’m not proud of it. Hicks has been huge for the Yankees this season, though, posting a 4.1 WAR and a WRC+ just a few points down from Giancarlo Stanton. My biggest questions is this: can McCutchen play first? Can Brandon Belt transfer to the Yankees for the rest of the season? McCutchen has played in 128 games this season, so, at the very least, the Yankees are getting another guy who has been able to stay healthy this season.
Last point: The Yankees are locked into the AL Wild Card game, right? Is it the best idea to bring on a guy who has lost his last two wild-card games? Who’s to say?
Mailbag Question No. 4: Jeff Janis got cut by the Browns. Pour one out?
CT: Absofuckinglutely. I still remember exactly where I was when Jeff Janis was on the receiving end of two insane Aaron Rodgers Is About To Do This Shit Himself moments in Arizona. I was in my parents’ living room, watching the game with my mom, and remember feeling as though Rodgers could pull off a 4th-and-20 situation late in the fourth quarter from the back of his own end zone. He scrambled, rolled out to the left side, and found Janis near the fifty-yard line to save the Packers’ season. Then, Rodgers found Janis again, this time, in the end zone to send the NFC Playoff game into overtime where the Packers would ultimately win. Jordy Nelson 2.0 Jeff Janis was not. He’ll always have Glendale, though.