That made Bridgewater New York's new top priority in free agency as other notable quarterbacks flew off the shelf. ESPN and NFL Network reported the Jets and Bridgewater agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
The Jets could also potentially draft a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick in April.
Bridgewater was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015, when he started all 17 games for the Vikings and led them to an 11-5 regular-season record before they lost in the first round of the playoffs.
It is still remarkable that he is still in the league and poised to become a starting quarterback again after a dislocated knee during training camp prior to the 2016 season nearly led to the amputation of his leg. Robby Anderson, whose future with the team could be in doubt after a number of off-field issues, was the team's surprising leading receiver past year. They have Bryce Petty, a fourth-rounder three years ago, and Christian Hackenberg, a second-rounder in 2016, on the roster, along with undrafted free agent Joel Stave.
A product of Louisville, Bridgewater looked to be a star in the making.
McCown is a free agent that could probably be brought back on a cheap deal.
NY is discussing adding Teddy Bridgewater, a free agent after not being brought back by the Vikings. NY had prioritized Cousins but he has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Vikings.