The NFL’s match of quarterback roulette this offseason may possibly not conclude with Monday’s trade of Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.
That offer involving the Jets could direct to at minimum 1 additional former very first-round choose at the place remaining moved, as Panthers GM Scott Fitterer indicated a trade of 2020 starter Teddy Bridgewater is on the desk.
“We’re going to uncover the right location for him, irrespective of whether it is below or someplace else,” Fitterer told reporters.
The Panthers spoke with Bridgewater just after obtaining Darnold and “allowed him the chance to speak with groups to potentially aid a trade,’ according to a tweet Tuesday early morning by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. He also wrote that Carolina is “open” to the quarterback returning, “but will give him a probability to have a say in his future.”
The 28-year-old Bridgewater is just 1 year into the a few-year offer value $sixty three million (with $33 million guaranteed) he signed past offseason just after shelling out the former year as Drew Brees’ backup in New Orleans. He was in coaching camp together with Darnold with the Jets in 2018, before they traded him to the Saints in late August.
Carolina probably would have to rework Bridgewater’s contract – decreasing his $23 million cap hit for 2021 — to hold him as the backup to Darnold. The Panthers also have quarterbacks P.J. Walker and Will Grier on their roster, and Walker received his lone start filling in for Bridgewater in 2020.
Investing Bridgewater would clear his salary and figures to convey back at minimum a portion of the draft money – a 2021 sixth-round choose and a second-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2022 – the Panthers sent to the Jets. He threw for 3,733 yards with 15 touchdowns and eleven interceptions with a 4-eleven record in 15 begins past year, with one more 279 yards and 5 TDs on the ground.