Why Anyone Would Think Teddy Bridgewater Is Available For Anything Less Than An Unreasonable Return Is Beyond My Comprehension
At least on the surface, I understand the scuttlebutt. There are a lot of otherwise competitive teams who are a quarterback away from actually being able to compete. With the Saints presumably having an additional one that's more than capable of starting just standing idly on their sidelines for the rest of the season, it would make sense for a needy team like the Jaguars to reach out in desperation before Blake Bortles is getting dressed in his own locker room after taking out a restraining order on Jalen Ramsey.
Unfortunately, the main problem with presuming in professional sports is the same one responsible for lacing up Teddy Bridgewater in black & gold in the first place. As tends to happen in a copycat league, Sean Payton acted on watching an insurance policy raise a Super Bowl MVP trophy last season, and literally nothing that has happened since that trade would, could, or should make him reconsider that coverage.
In fact, if anything, the opposite is true. Without Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill becomes the de facto clipboard holder, as opposed to the backstabbing bushel of thorns in the side of every opposing coordinator. Without Teddy Bridgwater, the 5-1 Saints are left with even further to fall if what shall remain an unspoken nightmare were to "Freddy Krueger" it's way onto the field. Without Teddy Bridgewater, the idea that there's been one sole motivation behind every single move they've made since the conclusion of last season no longer holds true.
Never mind a foggy future in which Teddy Bridgewater could conceivably take over an offense whose play calling and personnel is suited perfectly to his strengths, because this season is the one that matters. It was the season that mattered when they traded two first round picks to fill a sizable hole opposite Cam Jordan on the defensive line. It was the season that mattered when they traded a third round pick for a backup quarterback hoping he would merely sniff the field. It was the season that mattered when they addressed their questionable cornerback play across from Marshon Lattimore by trading a fourth round pick for Eli Apple. And, you guessed it, it's the season that will still matter as the trade deadline comes and goes with their best bargaining chip remaining in their back pocket so as to not have their championship aspirations made bankrupt by the worst case scenario.
The only question that really remains is whether Sean Payton will have to wear a visor that reads "ALL IN" before people actually believe him. The Saints aren't worried about replenishing a stock of draft picks that they've actively dwindled, because...::checks calendar::...draft picks aren't selected until after the Super Bowl. There may be but a slight chance that New Orleans require the services of Teddy Bridgewater en route to getting there, but so long as there is any chance whatsoever he'll remain on a roster that's made a hell of a lot deeper by his presence alone.