Best and worst-case scenarios for Teddy Bridgewater in 2021

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The worst-case scenario for Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater might appear to have a calm and cool demeanor, but he’ll be keeping a close eye on news and developments regarding his future with more than a little trepidation. The quarterback has come back from the brink after almost losing his leg during a training camp injury when he was leading the Minnesota Vikings, so he won’t want the NFL to give up on him after one year back as a starter under center.

The Carolina Panthers may have already told Bridgewater their intentions, which explains removing all association with the franchise from his social media platforms recently. Trading him is all-but-inevitable once they secure a replacement, with Dan Hanzus stating the worst-case scenario for the veteran being acquired by a team that already has a prominent starter on the books.

"The Panthers decide one year of Bridgewater was enough and trade him to a team with an established starter in place. Bridgewater becomes an overqualified backup for what feels like the 14th time in the last 15 seasons."

Bridgewater would be a solid backup option for most teams in the league, albeit an expensive one thanks to his contract.

He did prove in 2019 with the New Orleans Saints that success can be had with the right personnel around him. But the fact he went 0-8 on game-winning or tying drives, coupled with having four players go over 1,000 all-purpose yards and still finishing with a 4-11 record as a starter in Carolina is a damning indictment of his overall production.

There were some nice moments, and teams are always on the lookout for a good option who can step in at a moment’s notice. This would leave Bridgewater back to square one when he’s worked so hard to get back into a No. 1 role on a depth chart.