4 things that need to happen before Teddy Bridgewater joins Saints

(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports) Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Brees
(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports) Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Brees /
5 of 5
Teddy Bridgewater
(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports) Teddy Bridgewater /

Teddy Bridgewater compensation

If all these elements come to fruition in the not-too-distant future, then the time will come to discuss possible compensation to take Teddy Bridgewater back to the New Orleans Saints. Trades between divisional rivals rarely happen and certainly not at the quarterback spot, but if this is the only route the Carolina Panthers have to get the player off their books, they should take it.

Just what the cost would be in a possible trade is unclear. It’s unlikely that Carolina would demand anything significant in terms of compensation considering how much Bridgewater struggled overall in 2020, but considering they’ll be seeing the signal-caller twice a year on the opposite side of the field, they won’t make things easy for the Saints.

Somewhere in the region of a third or fourth-round pick would probably suffice. New Orleans does have the option of bringing back Jameis Winston to put alongside Taysom Hill on the depth chart. But how much Bridgewater impressed in Drew Brees’ absence might tip the scales in his favor when it’s time to make a decision.

There is an argument to be made along the lines of “why would Carolina help the Saints?”, but if Bridgewater is no longer part of their plans then the simple fact of the matter is any suitor will do.

As stated previously, a lot needs to happen before Bridgewater ends up back in New Orleans. Despite this, it is not out of the realm of possibility and would undoubtedly work for both parties.