After months of “will they, won’t they” talk, the New York Jets have finally traded away quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The team receiving him as well as a sixth round draft pick, in exchange for a third round draft pick, is the New Orleans Saints. The Jets, who drafted Sam Darnold and also have veteran Josh McCown at the QB position were all set there and look to be cashing in. Add to that the fact that the former Viking QB was only under contract for the rest of the season, and it makes sense to try to get something for him. Bridgewater will go to the Saints and be the backup to Drew Brees, for now at least, but it could end up with him being the heir apparent now that he is healthy and looking good on the field again.
Deciding when to call it quits can be very tough in the sports world. It’s one of the toughest decisions to make. That decision was made by Clint Dempsey, and it was announced yesterday that he would be retiring from soccer immediately. It’s not often that we’d talk about an American, but he had a truly exceptional career to say the least. On top of scoring 57 goals for the United States in 141 appearances, he was one of the very few Americans to make an impression abroad with a club side. He did very well at Fulham, and it was a huge deal when he came back to Seattle a few years ago. An American icon for sure that will be missed on the field.
Also deciding to exit stage left is 34 year old defensive end Elvis Dumervil of the Denver Broncos. Before calling time on his career, he made five Pro Bowl teams, led teams regularly in sacks, and ended up with 105.5 overall. That is good enough to put him 26th all-time. Not a shabby career at all. Somewhat related is news that Cris Carter believes Adrian Peterson’s career will end without much fanfare. The former wide receiver simply believes, that like his own career, that the new Redskin just won’t be the same at his advanced age.
Last and not least, we have a showdown in New York City set for tomorrow. It’ll be between the Williams sisters- Venus and Serena- after they each won their opening two matches at the US Open. This is the earliest that the pair have faced each other in a Grand Slam since 1998, and it is the first meeting since the 2017 Australian Open final. Serena has won 17 of the 29 matches so far, and she looks to be the early favorite here as well.