The Jets had high hopes going into free agency, since they had the most space available under the salary cap.
During his only full season as a starter, Bridgewater threw 14 touchdown passes and nine interceptions while leading the Vikings to the NFC North title in 2015.
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That made Bridgewater New York's new top priority in free agency as other notable quarterbacks flew off the shelf.
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Bridgewater was looking like a franchise player in Minnesota before suffering a disgusting knee injury in training camp two years ago. He also has been told he will be the starting quarterback in 2018, a source confirmed.
The team did acquire Jermaine Kearse last season from the Seattle Seahawks to add an experienced receiver with a winning pedigree to help mold the Jets receiving unit, which should be a big help for Bridgewater. Along with his injury history, the Jets should look for insurance options if Bridgewater struggles or he runs into health concerns. 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.