Teddy Bridgewater ignored rumors regarding other quarterbacks possibly being traded to Denver

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Not long after the Broncos traded for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, rumors emerged that the Broncos would possibly trade for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Those rumors have subsided but not died.

Meeting with reporters on the first day of OTAs, Bridgewater was asked to explain how he handled those rumors.

“Honestly man, I just keep my head down and control what I can control,” Bridgewater said. “I tell everyone that. In this business, you have to wear big-boy [pants], and I wear them. A lot can happen in this business. Each day is an opportunity for me to get better as a person, as a teammate, as a family member, and in any aspect that I can. When everything came out, I really didn’t know until someone brought it to my attention. I’m in my own little world sometimes and far away from football. When the news broke, I don’t even remember what I was doing. Like I said, it’s a business and I understand the nature of this business.”

One thing he understands about the nature of the business is that it’s inherently competitive.

“Every day I wake up, I consider myself competing for my job,” Bridgewater said. “I think that’s the mindset of everyone who plays this game. Whether I was penciled in as being the starter or if I had to compete, my mindset is this is a competition. . . . You said there’s been ten quarterbacks here [since Peyton Manning]. Whenever you get into a situation, you always want to be the guy who can be there for a while. Of course, that’s my mindset, but at the same time, I have to take it one day at a time and continue to be the best teammate I can be today and let tomorrow take care of itself.”

Ten quarterbacks have started for the Broncos since Manning retired after the team won Super Bowl 50: Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Drew Lock, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, and Philip Linday, who started during the 2020 game when COVID-19 wiped out all of the team’s quarterbacks.

Bridgewater, if he wins the starting job, will be No. 11. Unless the Packers still end up getting No. 12 from Green Bay.

10 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater ignored rumors regarding other quarterbacks possibly being traded to Denver

  1. Considering Teddy is back to playing after a career-ending injury, I think it’s fair to say that he understands this is a business. He has to prove himself every day, every place he goes.

  2. Teddy Bridgewater has more intangibles than those other 10 guys combined, which is why guys like Von Miller were happy immediately upon trade. If he can bring it physically, the Broncos will have a true franchise QB.

  3. Why in the world would anybody want Bridgewater, as a backup yes, to push the guy you hope breaks out this year, no.

  4. As long as Teddy is playing QB, there will be rumors. He has no choice but to keep his head down and keep pounding. At the end of his career he could have $100 million in the bank. You don’t have to be a HOF QB to earn $25-30 million a year these days.

  5. All-American Voltron says:
    May 24, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    If he can bring it physically, the Broncos will have a true franchise QB.
    If…if…if…there’s no debate or question about it anymore.
    Teddy has proven time and again that he doesn’t have the physical tools to be a franchise QB.
    Which, you know, is kind of the most important thing about quarterbacking.
    Let’s face it, being a heck of a good guy only gets you so far in a football game.

    To be quite honest, Teddy’s not even a competent starter, at least not one you’d want to rely on for an entire season.
    He’s a middling backup.
    Always has been, always will be.
    And you know what? That’s not a put down. That’s Ok.
    A lot of guys would love to be holding Teddy’s clipboard.

    The Broncos have themselves an adequate backup, maybe two.
    As far as Bridgewater’s future, I wish him continued health and success, but he’s maxed out any goodwill and potential he’s ever had.

  6. “Unless the Packers still end up getting No. 12 from Green Bay.”

    Why would Bridgewater be affected if the Packers get #12 from Green Bay?

  7. You guys are wrong about teddy. That dude can play. The panthers really have no help besides the hurt rb.

    Anderson, Moore and Samuels would not start for just about anyone and the te is nonexistent on the panthers.

    Hell teddy is going to play for a team with a much better defense and an actual te the wrs on both teams are a wash. Teddy is gonna surprise you guys with an actual team around him

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