4 ways Carolina Panthers are already winning the 2021 offseason

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater
(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater /
2 of 4
Carolina Panthers
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater /

Carolina Panthers made an early call at QB

It didn’t take long for the Carolina Panthers to publicly confirm what they plan to do at quarterback this offseason. Teddy Bridgewater simply hasn’t done enough to convince anybody he is the man to lead them back into legitimate Super Bowl contention and it appears as if the signal-caller knows that the writing is on the wall.

Bridgewater was always going to be up against it following in Cam Newton’s footsteps, especially considering how the 2015 NFL MVP left the franchise. His limitations were there for all see, with the former first-round pick’s inability to close out contests resulting in an 0-8 record on game-winning or tying drives in 2020.

Simply not good enough.

And the Panthers are acting accordingly.

A failed trade for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford almost got over the line before the Los Angeles Rams came in with a better offer, with the prospect of acquiring Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans another mouth-watering proposition that owner David Tepper is reportedly extremely keen on.

There is also the chance for Carolina to get a talented prospect via the 2021 NFL Draft, although Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and Zach Wilson are likely to be off the board by the No. 8 overall selection.

Either way, the Panthers deserve credit for making an early decision about the most important position of the field and giving themselves the opportunity to explore every possible option.