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Six realistic trade destinations for Teddy Bridgewater

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It will be one of the top storylines for the rest of the preseason: Will Teddy Bridgewater be on the move again?

The New York Jets, comfortable with rookie Sam Darnold and Josh McCown at quarterback, are open to trading the revitalized Bridgewater -- but only if the price is right. They consider him a starting-caliber player, and they won't accept "backup" compensation.

As a result, a true market might not develop unless another team loses its starter to injury -- i.e. the way it did for the Philadelphia Eagles late in the 2016 preseason. They received a first-round pick for Sam Bradford, who went to the Minnesota Vikings to replace -- wait for it -- Bridgewater.

The Jets would love to flip Bridgewater, whom they signed in March, for a third-round pick or better. If there are no major injuries in the preseason, they can carry him on their 53-man roster, waiting for that opportunity to occur. Remember, the trading deadline isn't until Oct. 30.

Also, keep in mind that his $5 million salary is guaranteed if he's on an opening day roster, and he has a $250,000-per-game bonus for each game in which he plays more than half of the snaps, up to $4 million. So if Bridgewater is a starter for at least 12 games, he will make $9 million.

Right now, the Bridgewater market consists of teams with suspect depth at the position. Possible destinations, with analysis from a league executive and NFL Nation reporters: