Are Buccaneers “hot” on Teddy Bridgewater?

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This time of year rumors get thrown around a dime a dozen. Some benefit agents/players. Some benefit teams. Some are rumors for rumors sake, seeing what sticks or connecting dots.

Sometimes, it’s hard to differentiate.

Mike Sando of TheAthletic.com quoted an unnamed General Manager saying the Buccaneers could target Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in free agency.

The quote — “I am hearing Tampa Bay is hot on Bridgewater,” an NFL G.M. told Sando at the Combine — has opened speculation on social media.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times wrote a story off the quote, wondering whether Bridgewater is the team’s target.

So, Bridgewater may or may not be a Bucs’ target.

The one thing for certain is Jameis Winston‘s future is in doubt, with Bruce Arians saying publicly the team wants to see what its options are before committing to his return.

Winston threw for 5,109 yards last year, the eighth largest total of all time, but also threw 30 interceptions. No quarterback ever had thrown 30 touchdowns and 30 picks in a single season.

Bridgewater is expected to find a new team this offseason, with the Saints unable to afford to re-sign all three of their quarterbacks.

22 responses to “Are Buccaneers “hot” on Teddy Bridgewater?

  1. Perhaps the Bucs would like to trade for Kirk Cousins and his deep-ball accuracy and let the Vikings sign Bridgewater?

    One can dream.

  2. Of all the scenarios involving those lesser QBs than Brady and Rivers, the best likely would be where Carr becomes the Bucs starting QB…
    If not Carr then Bridgewater would be a good short term replacement!

  3. The CBA is going to limit quarterback compensation in-proportion to their hand size. Tampa Bay is expecting a bargain.

  4. Let’s see, a skinny QB with a weak arm and questionable durability joining a team that allowed their QB to be sacked almost 50 and is dependent on long developing, vertical deep shots, what could go wrong?

  5. I love that Teddy has been able to remain in the NFL after his horrific knee injury, but I just can’t see him getting a mediocre team over the hump. He’s Chad Pennington. You need an excellent team around him in order to succeed.

  6. Here’s a news flash from me…I have an un-named GM telling me he is interested in Tom Brady.

  7. I hope this is true. Of all the free agents, Bridgewater is the only one that could be a long time quality starter. He’s also a good person so will be easy to root for. Can’t really say that about the current guy here.

  8. Well, that’s certainly a “Buccaneers” thing to do.

    Jettison your 5,100 yard QB that has a career QBR of 86, COMP% of 61%, and 121 TD’s for a guy that’s largely been an injury prone bust.

    FYI, Bridgewater’s INT percentage isn’t far off from Winston’s and Winston has a higher TD percentage.

  9. With Bridgewater, Tampa is a contender. With Winston, they are a punchline.

    They need to go all in on one of the better FA QBs and let the Winston ship sail out of Tampa.

  10. OH GOD NO!!!! A 5 game resume for a multi year deal….see Nick Foles who is once again up for grabs on the Price is Right!

  11. I appreciate EVERYTHING that Drew Brees has done for my Saints but imo, it’s time to turn the page. A big part of the Saints defense was to have BIG plays on offense, get a huge lead on teams and force them to abandon the running game and play catch up. Brees’ deep ball ability has been declining over the past several seasons, which was even MORE evident last season by them bringing in Taysom Hill to throw the deep ball. Brees MAY have one or two decent seasons left in him. Hill has some VERY unique skills but I’m NOT sure he’s ready to take over for Brees. In the limited time he was given, Teddy Bridgewater has shown that he can run Sean Payton’s system. I believe that if Bridgewater was given ALL the reps during OTAs, mini camp and training camp, he would excel as the starter.

  12. I wish the Vikings could afford to bring Teddy back and I’d bet he also would be happy to come back!

  13. Two stories here today stated that Winston threw 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions. At least show the kid enough respect to properly credit his touchdown throws – 33.

  14. Winston or Bridgewater…. no question – Winston. Over 5k yds passing and 3 tds and usually doing so in games that were competitive to the end. That’s with a weak OL, bad running game and missing 2 or 3 receivers last 3 weeks.

  15. He couldn’t play in that offense. If you think he could, you don’t know anything about football, and I’m just going to leave it at that.

  16. I don’t think Teddy quieted any critics with his performance last year, as it was very similar to his Vikings’ days — short-passes, game management style. The one thing a commenter missed on above is Teddy’s ability under pressure — he is pretty mobile in the pocket and performed pretty good behind weak Vikings’ O-lines. I sincerely hope he succeeds, but he’ll never be more than a bit above average.

  17. I don’t think we had a single Bucs game in my market, so I can’t say for sure, but I would guess that many of his 5100 yards were in losing efforts where the opponent’s defense was playing a prevent defense, and yards are easy. A high percentage, if not most, high passing number games historically have been in losing efforts in ‘garbage time.’

  18. I wish Teddy all of the luck in the world. Truth is, he will not consistently win games. Go watch the five games he won, he didnt win any of them! He managed the game plan.

  19. I don’t think we had a single Bucs game in my market, so I can’t say for sure, but I would guess that many of his 5100 yards were in losing efforts where the opponent’s defense was playing a prevent defense, and yards are easy. A high percentage, if not most, high passing number games historically have been in losing efforts in ‘garbage time.’
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    Actually that’s not really the case. He played behind a lot because he was often spotting teams a bunch of points however I wouldn’t call that garbage time because most of the games were close. The real question is how many other QBs would throw for 5100 yards and 30 TDS if they also played reckless and didn’t mind throwing 30 INTs?

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