The Jets were reportedly among the final four teams in the running for Cousins' services. However, he's expected to land a fully guaranteed three-year contract with the Vikings in the $86-million range. The Jets were apparently willing to spend whatever it would take to land Cousins, but now they'll switch to Plan B.
Bridgewater returned from a gruesome knee injury he suffered ahead of the 2016 season to suit up in a backup role in 2017.
Though he's only made two pass attempts since the end of the 2015 season, he was named to the Pro Bowl that year and generally appeared to be on an upward trajectory. He'll likely be asked to take a short-term deal and prove he's fully recovered, both physically and psychologically.
The Jets are expected to let 2017 starter Josh McCown hit free agency and would be left with Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, and Joel Stave on the depth chart.