FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 file photo, New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes against the New York Giants during the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the New York Jets for a draft pick, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Saints acquire QB Teddy Bridgewater from Jets

August 29, 2018 - 6:09 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets for a third-round draft pick.

While record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is entrenched as New Orleans' starter, the move signifies that Saints coach Sean Payton was not entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as Brees' backup.

The Saints have their sights set on Super Bowl contention after coming within one play of reaching the NFC title game last season.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles demonstrated the importance of a solid backup quarterback in 2017, winning a championship after Nick Foles had to replace injured starter Carson Wentz.

The trade brings more clarity to the Jets' quarterback situation. It appears rookie Sam Darnold is the starter after being given every opportunity to win the job in a competition that included Bridgewater and incumbent Josh McCown.

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AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. in New York contributed to this report.

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