Which teams could possibly look to acquire Teddy Bridgewater after the Carolina Panthers traded for Sam Darnold from the New York Jets?
The Carolina Panthers have made no secret of their desire to get more competition at the quarterback position – at the very least – this offseason. On Monday evening, they finally got their man in Sam Darnold, who joined from the New York Jets for a sixth-round pick this year, together with second and fourth-round selections in 2022.
This is a low-risk, high reward trade for the Panthers, who had clearly seen enough from Teddy Bridgewater to indicate he wasn’t capable of being their long-term starter moving forward. The former Louisville standout is now facing an uncertain future just one season removed from signing a three-year, $63 million deal with a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed in free agency after going 5-0 in Drew Brees’ absence for the New Orleans Saints in 2019.
The contract is a real problem if Carolina wants to shift Bridgewater via a trade in the days and weeks ahead. General manager Scott Fitterer stated that he had already spoken to the player’s agent regarding the next steps forward, which could involve a creative restructure in pursuit of attracting more suitors in his direction.
Teddy Bridgewater found life difficult in 2020.
Bridgewater was on a hiding to nothing with the Panthers from the moment they let Cam Newton go in a controversial fashion. His lack of productivity down the stretch proved telling in their eventual 5-11 record, so bringing Darnold on board was the best possible solution with the options available shrinking with every passing day.
With that being said, let’s take a look at four potential destinations for Bridgewater now the Panthers have a viable alternative at the position.