4 reasons the Panthers won’t move on from Teddy Bridgewater

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A lack of viable alternatives

Given the amount of money that the Carolina Panthers have invested in Teddy Bridgewater, it makes signing a potential replacement difficult. Good quarterbacks don’t tend to last long on the free-agent market and desperate teams will always pay over the odds.

Some would argue that’s exactly what the Carolina Panthers did to acquire Bridgewater in the first place.

In truth, the jury is probably still out.

Another possible avenue the Panthers could go down is getting a franchise-changing prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. They won’t be in a position to select Clemson phenom, Trevor Lawrence, even if they don’t win another game and it appears highly unlikely that someone like Justin Fields will be around if Carolina doesn’t end up with a top-five pick.

Besides, the Panthers have bigger problems than their signal-caller.

Finding a long-term replacement for linebacker Luke Kuechly should be their top priority, followed close behind by better interior protection and a tight end who can make a difference in the passing game.

Bridgewater is an easy scapegoat. He should be playing better when the game is on the line and there are obvious problems surrounding his ability to go through reads quickly. But the Panthers knew exactly what they were getting and will ride out the storm either way.