Panthers: 4 options if Teddy Bridgewater misses time through injury

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What are some of the options for the Carolina Panthers in 2020 if their star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater gets hurt?

The Carolina Panthers invested a lot in making Teddy Bridgewater their starting quarterback this offseason. A three-year, $63 million contract with a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed was enough to convince the signal-caller to join the organization. And few would argue that he is not deserving of another chance in a prominent role.

This is going to be a period of transition for the Panthers. Substantial changes have been made across the board with a view to becoming a contender in the future. And there is going to be plenty riding on next season for those looking to extend their stay with the franchise.

Bridgewater also finds himself in this category as he looks to fill the void left by former No.1 overall pick Cam Newton. The spotlight is going to be on the player from the outset. But it won’t take long for discontent to emerge if he starts poorly in Joe Brady’s high-octane scheme.

There is also the matter of Bridgewater’s injury history to consider. The player almost lost his career after a freak training camp injury when he looked set to lead the Minnesota Vikings on a Super Bowl run. And although he hasn’t suffered any complications since, his body will be put under strain he hasn’t felt since he last started for a full campaign in 2015.

Should the former first-round pick out of Louisville miss significant time through injury, it will have severe consequences on Carolina’s fortunes in 2020. One only has to look back to last season to see just what a lack of consistency at the quarterback position can do to this team. And a contingency plan will need to be in place for this eventuality.

Here are four options that the Panthers could go with in the event Bridgewater sees some time on the sidelines in 2020.