The Carolina Panthers and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater are reportedly finalizing a three-year, $60 million contract to make him the team’s new starting QB.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN first reported the deal’s details, adding it’s expected to be completed when the new league year begins Wednesday.
The Panthers and Teddy Bridgewater are negotiating a 3-year contract in the $60 million range, per source. The deal is not done as they work out details but it is expected to be complete when new league year opens Wednesday.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 17, 2020
This news comes after the Panthers announced that they are giving Cam Newton ‘Permission to seek a trade’.
Teddy Bridgewater played 9 times for the New Orleans Saints in 2019 whilst Drew Brees was out recovering from a thumb injury, and the 27-year-old showcased a level of form he hadn’t reached since his Minnesota Vikings days, where he earned a Pro Bowl selection. The Miami born quarterback completed 67.9 of his throws for 1,384 yards alongside nine touchdowns and only two interceptions, giving him a pass rating of 99.1, ranking him 11th in the NFL if he had enough attempts to qualify.
Bridgewater suffered major injuries whilst at the Vikings and finding that type of success again was not a guarantee. “
Throughout my entire recovery, I had so many people who believed in me,” he told Luke Johnson of the Advocate in January. “To see what they were believing in being put on display, it meant a lot. It meant a lot for me to try to do well, and luckily we were able to keep winning. I just continued to find joy.”
The 2014 first-round pick showcased improved proficiency as a pocket passer with the Saints, however, which made him one of the offseason’s most intriguing potential free agents in an NFL that lacks enough legitimate franchise quarterbacks to cover all 32 teams.
During his two years in New Orleans, Bridgewater showed everyone that he warranted another opportunity to be a starting quarterback, and he should receive that chance with the Panthers.
If he is able to build on his 2019 success with the New Orleans Saints, this could be one of the free-agent period’s best signings.
With Cam Newton looking like he’s heading for the exit door after nine seasons in Carolina, Teddy Bridgewater should open the training camp atop of the depth chart, with Kyle Allen as his backup. The Panthers will be a force to reckon with next season in the NFC as Bridgewater will be able to bring stability and one hell of a throw to the team.