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 Vikings star to a one-year contract, making the deal official Sunday.
Bridgewater's signing comes a day after the Jets traded up to acquire the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft from the Colts — likely with the intention of assuring themselves of getting one of the top available quarterbacks. New York dealt its first-rounder — No. 6 overall — along with two second-rounders and next year's second-rounder for Indianapolis' top pick this year.
The Jets have re-signed Josh McCown, who likely will head into the offseason programs as the starting quarterback, but both he and Bridgewater are on one-year deals.
So, the focus next month in the draft will be on finding the future of the franchise. New York also has Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, along with Joel Stave, but none appear to be viable starting candidates.
New York also announced the signings of former Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and former Redskins center Spencer Long, along with the re-signings of cornerback Morris Claiborne, defensive lineman Mike Pennel and safety Terrence Brooks.
The 25-year-old Bridgewater could give McCown — and presumably whomever New York takes in the draft — a run in training camp if completely healthy. He's still looking to return from a serious knee injury in August 2016 that sidelined him for most of the past two years. He threw just two passes last season for the Vikings, including one that was intercepted.
"I'm excited about the direction we're headed in," Bridgewater told the Jets' website. "I'm excited to be a part of something that can be very special, and I just look forward to getting to work with the guys and a great year."
Bridgewater was a first-round pick in 2014 out of Louisville and was considered a rising star at his position. He made the Pro Bowl after his second NFL season, but his career was thrust into uncertainty when he suffered a serious noncontact knee injury during a team practice the following summer.
Bridgewater tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and dislocated the knee joint, along with other structural damage. Bridgewater has thrown for 6,150 yards and 28 touchdowns with 22 interceptions and a 64.7 percent completion rate in his career. He has also run for four touchdowns. Financial details were not immediately released, but it is believed to be worth $6 million — not including additional incentives.
Raiders trading Patterson to Patriots
The Raiders are trading former Vikings kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the Patriots. NFL Network reported that Oakland will receive a fifth-round pick in the deal and send one of its six sixth-round picks to New England. Patterson is one of the most accomplished kickoff returners in the game. His career average of 30.2 yards per return ranks second all-time to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers' 30.6 mark. Patterson caught 31 passes for 309 yards last season for Oakland and also ran for 121 yards on 13 carries for three scores.
Del Potro defeats Federer
Juan Martin del Potro rallied from three match points down in the third set and beat top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (2) to win the BNP Paribas Open, handing the Swiss superstar his first loss of the year.
Federer's 17-match winning streak — the best start of his career — ended.
... Naomi Osaka routed Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 to win the women's title.
AROUND THE HORN
Speedskating: Norway's Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen added the men's 500 meters title at the World Cup in Minsk, Belarus, to his Olympic gold medal in the same distance. Vanessa Herzog of Austria won the women's 500 title. Miho Takagi of Japan won the women's 1,500 while Russian Denis Yuskov won the men's race.
Auto racing: Richie Crampton took advantage of Shawn Reed's engine trouble to claim the top fuel title in the NHRA Gatornationals. Jack Beckman beat Matt Hagan in the Funny Car final. Tanner Gray knocked off defending class champion Bo Butner in the Pro Stock class.
Baseball: Mets lefthander Jason Vargas is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his right hand.
Cross-country skiing: Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, 21, became the youngest man to win the overall cross-country ski World Cup title in Falun, Sweden, while fellow Norwegian Heidi Weng retained the women's title.
Skiing: Viktoria Rebensburg won her third season title in the giant slalom without hitting the slopes at the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden when strong winds forced the cancellation of the season-ending GS. The last men's slalom was also canceled, but that didn't affect the final standings because Marcel Hirscher already had locked up the overall and discipline titles two weeks ago.