Report: Panthers allow Teddy Bridgewater to talk to teams about trade

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After the Panthers announced Monday’s trade for quarterback Sam Darnold, their General Manager Scott Fitterer said that they would find the right place for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater whether it was with the Panthers or another team.

Bridgewater will reportedly be involved in the process of finding that place. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Panthers have given Bridgewater permission to speak to other teams about a possible trade.

There does not appear to be any place in the league where Bridgewater would be a sure starter, but teams like the Broncos, Patriots, and Texans could be in the market for competition for quarterbacks already on the roster. He could also be appealing  as a mentor/bridge to teams set to take a quarterback early in this year’s draft or to clubs without an experienced backup.

Rapoport adds that the Panthers are open to keeping Bridgewater, but the signs seem to point in another direction in Carolina.

46 responses to “Report: Panthers allow Teddy Bridgewater to talk to teams about trade

  1. Why are they wasting his time? No one’s going to trade for the healthier version of Alex Smith. Just release him and let him move onto his next backup opportunity!

  2. If they roll with Sam Darnold, carolina will be historically bad. Not that Teddy Bridgewater is the answer, but he gives a team far better chance of winning than Darnold.

  3. I’m kinda surprised they are just giving the starting job to Darnold. I like the kid but he hasn’t exactly lit up the NFL

  4. I love the logic of some of these teams like Carolina and the Niners: “Our QB is so bad, we traded multiple draft picks and committed millions in guaranteed money for a completely unproven replacement.

    But he’s worth a first round pick to us.”

  5. Though he’s not a top tier quarterback, Bridgewater is a good man who will find employment elsewhere. His career has been somewhat snakebitten, but his professionalism and determination will keep him in the league for many more years.

  6. His dead cap goes down significantly if they trade him vs a release, so that’s why I’m guessing they don’t just straight cut him.

    So if they are sure the Darnold is the starter, Teddy asking price likely isn’t high, betting he could be had for a 4th or 5th round draft pick or something. He would be an excellent/valuable backup, unfortunately not sure a starter is in the cards for him anymore.

  7. With the Deshaun Watson potential issues is Houston a possible landing spot? Bridgewater > Tyrod Taylor and fits their system.

  8. His dead cap goes down significantly if they trade him vs a release, so that’s why I’m guessing they don’t just straight cut him.

    So if they are sure the Darnold is the starter, Teddy asking price likely isn’t high, betting he could be had for a 4th or 5th round draft pick or something. He would be an excellent/valuable backup, unfortunately not sure a starter is in the cards for him anymore.

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    Not sure you can trade for him to be a backup, especially this year with the cap going down. How many teams have a $20+ million backup QB?

    You could see this coming when the media was gushing all over him when he was with the Saints. He wasn’t throwing for 300+ yards. He was scrambling and not turning the ball over which is fine for a backup on a a stacked team and don’t need him for the full year, and aren’t counting on him to win in the playoffs.

  9. Gave up way to much!! If Darnold is bad this year, this trade will make the Panthers move on from Rhule.

  10. If the guy who went 5-0 with the Saints isn’t good enough for you, you’ve got a bad team or bad coach or both.

  11. What the Panthers need to do is eat some of Bridgewaters salary.
    Forget about getting anything in trade, they need to lessen his cap hit.
    Eat X%, trade him for a 7th round pick, and the acquiring team pays the remainder.

  12. Love his professionalism he’d be a good fit just about anywhere except New England. Everyone knows Bill can’t coach so hopefully Teddy avoids that dumpster fire. 6 Superbowls in 20 years is horrible 🥱

  13. Teddy is one hell of a player, went 5-0 with the Saints. He did not have a RB all year long. He was in a division with Brees and Brady. What do you expect

  14. Everyone is missing the biggest point to be made for why Darnold will be light years better in Carolina than what everyone has seen him be for the Jets. Darnold was coached by ADAM GASE! Gase nearly ruined Ryan Tannehill and it took him leaving for Tennessee to resurrect his career and now he’s a pretty good QB. The same thing is going to happen with Darnold now that he is in Carolina working with Joe Brady who was responsible for unlocking Joe Burrow and turning him into the #1 overall pick last year.

  15. Now, Ron…Don’t let go of draft capital. Roll with Heinicke and Fitzy and Kyle Allen, and draft a guy later and develop him….Please

  16. sbc2556 says:

    April 6, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Why are they wasting his time? No one’s going to trade for the healthier version of Alex Smith. Just release him and let him move onto his next backup opportunity!
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    Such impatience and why? So they can count his 10 million guaranteed against the cap for sure? Best to explore all avenues 1st, that’s only smart business.

  17. Bridgewater played well versus my CHiefs last year. I’m surprised the Panthers are replacing him.

  18. The Big Easy would welcome him back, now that Brees has retired. The question is whether Carolina would trade him to a division rival.

  19. The Saints currently have no QB. Not sure why they wouldn’t go after him. He went 5-0 in his time there. They could actually maybe make the playoffs with Bridgewater. It’s only a matter of time before Saints fans see the TOs from Winston or the limited traits of Hill on a larger scale.

  20. Right now Bridgewater is thinking why didn’t I take the offer in Miami a few years ago when they brought in Flo! Right now he’d have talent around him and that pick last year wouldn’t have been Tua but a skill player as well.

  21. Best of luck to Teddy, was never a fan of picking him up to run the offense last year but he deserves another chance elsewhere for sure.

  22. Even the mention of Tampa Bay as a landing spot for Bridgewater is, to put it mildly, completely ridiculous. TB is at its limit in terms of cap space, they have a good qb who manages his game and himself so injury is far less likely than it is for others, and there are other backup options that are very good.

    TB will start addressing options for the heir of Brady either in 2022 or 2023. For now, they’re set. Why… why… would they want to screw up their cap situation now?

  23. I think Teddy was a victim of being on a team that needed too many other things, and it ended up hurting his value.
    He has shown in both Minnesota and N.O. That he can be highly successful when surrounded by a good run game and decent defense.

    The Panthers defense was below average on both categories.

    And they had the 12th worst rushing attack in the league.

    Sorry, but Hardly any QB is going to excel with a team like that other than a true rocket arm, gun slinging type like a Favre, Marino, Rodgers… that type of talent

  24. Teddy doesn’t seem to me as a mentor. He would be a good backup at right price. Apparently carolina doesn’t think enough of him to let him compete. That’s not a good look when trying to find a new team.

  25. Teddy is another Tyrod Taylor. The chips never seem to fall for him. I wish him luck wherever he ends up.

  26. If he gets released, then maybe the Vikings consider signing him for cheap. He would be a good fit for backup there. However, since Cousins doesn’t get hurt, Teddy probably would not want to go back there.

  27. I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t end up with the Texans. They need to plan for no Watson & they have no real means of getting another starting QB in this year’s draft.

  28. Teddy B and Foles will become the new Josh McCowan and Ryan Fitzpatrick. A high end backup and short term starter. Good guys, good team mates, good citizens but not good enough to be a franchise QB. I wish both well and hope they will have long careers. The league needs guys like them.

  29. The Niners should’ve grabbed him for a mid-rounder then start him when the inevitable Jimmy G injury happens.

    But they already made the trade up and are too smart to start a rookie and ruin the chance for a Super Bowl with that great roster. Nope– that pick will be dealt to Minnesota for Cousins and a run at the Championship. Great year for NFCWest as the Rams and Niners emerge as the two most dominant teams in the NFL.

  30. Three weeks ago they’d have cleaned out their draft capital for a QB that may never play another snap again. Doesn’t matter how this particular moves shake out: Panthers won

  31. Add Carolina to the list of teams who will get worse at QB before they get better (Bears, 49ers)

  32. How did that phone call go? GM calls him and says it has been a long day. Do you mind calling teams for me about a trade for you?

  33. Texans on line 1 but kept on hold because they have no assets left to make a decent trade.

  34. Bring Teddy back to Mn. and dump Mannion. Friendly fans would eat this up for when Capt. Kirk does get hurt or his contract runs out.

  35. If he agrees to a multiyear paycut = to 75% of whatever the cowboys paid Andy dalton last year than he’s worth a 5th rd pick

  36. Stunning how many Vikings fans continue to want to see Teddy in purple again. Did they not watch his barely mediocre, rag-armed performance over his entire career? There is literally no highlight reel for this guy because he doesn’t make or even attempt difficult throws. He looked just as inept last year as he did for the Vikings. Who gets excited to watch sixteen games of dump-offs?

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