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Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater has been traded to the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round pick.
It only cost the Broncos a sixth-round pick to bring in a veteran quarterback in Bridgewater to possibly compete with Drew Lock for the starting job. The Broncos also have options with the Number 9 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. While it’s certainly possible they still select a quarterback, they at least now have a veteran to compete with and/or provide guidance and leadership to a younger, less experienced Lock.
Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater’s salary would increase from $10 million to $17 million if he makes the roster Week 1.
Bridgewater reportedly was given permission to seek a trade and the Panthers are in “wait and see” mode about dealing him. He could stay on the Panthers as the backup QB to newly acquired Sam Darnold, but Bridgewater’s salary would increase from $10 million to $17 million. “The Panthers could ask Bridgewater to stay on as Darnold’s backup, at a salary lower than the $10 million he’s guaranteed to make,” per Joe person of the Athletic. “Bridgewater’s guarantee swells to $17 million if he’s on the team in Week 1, so the Panthers could let him compete with Darnold through training camp and then cut him, though that could hinder Bridgewater’s ability to find a good landing spot.” Bridgewater threw for 3,733 passing yards and 15 touchdowns along with 279 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns over 15 games in 2020. The 28-year-old is currently 28th among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings, but that number could rise if Bridgewater is traded before the regular season starts.
In the aftermath of Sam Darnold being traded, the Panthers are left with a crowded quarterback room. Teddy Bridgewater is clearly the odd man out, and he has now been given permission to facilitate a trade out of Carolina if he so desires.
It's unclear how aggressively Bridgewater will search for a trade, but Monday's trade makes it evident that he isn't in the Panthers' long-term plans. He signed a three-year, $63 million deal ahead of 2020 and struggled in his first year with the team. Over 15 games, he completed 340 passes for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He was also sacked 31 times. His health was a concern, too, as he frequented the medical tent and injury report. While Bridgewater still deserves a chance to prove himself, it probably won't come in Carolina. The Panthers are committed to Darnold after picking up his fifth-year option and are evidently already working with Bridgewater to trade him.
Following the acquisition of Sam Darnold, Ian Rapoport reports that the Panthers will look to either move Teddy Bridgewater or look at options to adjust his contract.
Bridgewater signed a three-year, $63M contract with $33M guaranteed last offseason with Carolina. The Panthers are looking at a $22.9 million cap hit this upcoming year with Bridgewater's current contract. The Panthers still have P.J. Walker on the roster, who appeared in four games last year, as a backup option if they look to move Bridgewater. Will Grier is on the roster as well.
Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 13-of-23 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Saints.
Bridgewater played so poorly that he was replaced by P.J. Walker in the second half of the game. The Panthers may regret signing him to that deal. While Bridgwater ended the year with a career-high 15 touchdown passes, his 11 interceptions were his second-most since his rookie year.
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