Could Teddy Bridgewater be traded for a second time this offseason?
Could the developing situation with Aaron Rodgers result in former Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater being traded for a second time this offseason?
Teddy Bridgewater can only focus on what he can control. But the former Carolina Panthers quarterback will have more than a passing interest in the current situation developing between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
The reigning 2020 NFL MVP is unhappy with the direction of the franchise and is reportedly seeking a move elsewhere. This is something the Packers haven’t accommodated so far but with every day that passes, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that Rodgers will suit up in a Green Bay uniform again.
This is going to be a test of will.
Rodgers has threatened to sit out the season and the Packers might call his bluff. But if they are confident in former first-round pick Jordan Love being the man who can lead them long-term, maximizing their return for their current No. 1 wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world no matter how well he played last time out.
One team that has been heavily linked with Rodgers is the Denver Broncos, who were reportedly on the signal-caller’s list of potential destinations. This is a team that has an abundance of weapons to call upon, but the jury is still out as to whether Bridgewater or Drew Lock is capable of leading them on a deep postseason run.
There aren’t many teams across the league that wouldn’t swap Rodgers for their current option. He proved his doubters wrong in no uncertain terms last season and although this came with another postseason failure, there should be a host of teams calling the Packers if they eventually decide to cut their losses.
Teddy Bridgewater could be an experienced backup to Jordan Love in Green Bay.
Any potential trade with the Broncos might see Bridgewater make a return to the NFC North, a division where he started and showed promise with the Minnesota Vikings before a freak training camp injury almost cost him his leg and NFL career.
This would be another blow for Bridgewater’s chances of reigniting his career after struggling to reach the level expected when he joined the Panthers on a three-year, $63 million deal with a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed.
Such was Carolina’s desire to move on from the former first-round pick, they even agreed to pay $7 million of Bridgewater’s salary in 2021 in order for them to get a sixth-round selection back from Denver in return.
Bridgewater didn’t take the move well according to post-trade comments, even though he backtracked somewhat soon after.
The NFL is a ruthless business and the Lousiville product might experience that for a second time this offseason if the Broncos include him in any potential deal to bring Rodgers on board.
If this scenario plays out, Bridgewater would either be a short-term starter while Love develops further or a veteran backup presence in case things don’t go according to plan with the ex-Utah State sensation if he starts in Week 1.
As for the Panthers, they’ll be hoping for more conviction under center after trading for Sam Darnold from the New York Jets. But it’s going to take a drastic change in fortunes from the No. 3 overall selection in 2018 to lead Carolina back into playoff contention.
Rodgers and Bridgewater will be linked until there is a formal conclusion one way or another.
Only time will tell as to how this situation concludes. But the signal-caller faces a real fight for a starting job with Lock that needs to take primary focus and Bridgewater should just take things day-to-day and see what happens.