Dwayne Haskins interest is an early indictment on Teddy Bridgewater

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Teddy Bridgewater’s future in Carolina

At least from a contractual perspective, it doesn’t appear as if Teddy Bridgewater is going away anytime soon. The Carolina Panthers decided to give the quarterback a three-year, $63 million deal with a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed this offseason despite not starting a prolonged run of games since 2015, which is a decision the organization would probably like to have back.

Bridgewater wasn’t terrible.

But his limitations are there for all to see.

He was 0-8 on game-winning or tying drives this season, which was one of the primary reasons why Carolina ended the campaign with a 5-11 record. Matt Rhule stated in his exit presser that Bridgewater needs to have a “tremendous offseason” in a bid to keep the job on a long-term basis. But the former Baylor man doesn’t appear confident in this transpiring if his decision to bring in Dwayne Haskins for a visit is any indication.

Bridgewater didn’t get a lot of solid protection from his offensive line outside of right tackle Taylor Moton. There is also the impact of Christian McCaffrey’s absence to consider. But the Panthers had four players achieve more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage and they still ended up with another losing season.

It’s not all on Bridgewater. However, quarterbacks carry the can when things aren’t going well and his production simply wasn’t up to standard overall.