Teddy Bridgewater appears to be the odd man out in Carolina after the Panthers traded for Sam Darnold and picked up his fifth-year option, all but guaranteeing he would be first in line for a shot at the starting spot under center. Bridgewater was fine in 2020 in his first full year as the starter since his knees crumbled to dust all those years ago, and the fact that he managed to get to this point is a remarkable tale of perseverance in of itself. But the Panthers correctly recognized that Bridgewater tops out as an average starter and shouldn't be thought of as a long-term answer for the rebuilding team they are.
That doesn't mean Bridgewater couldn't be useful to another team in a different stage of team-building. We here at The Big Lead outlined four potential trade partners in the likely scenario Carolina shops Bridgewater a few weeks back. On Monday morning, Peter King touched upon the same subject in his FMIA column and pointed to the Denver Broncos as a possible destination:
Maybe one of those future picks for Carolina could come from Denver. Connecting dots here: What if new GM and Vikings transplant George Paton (in the room when Teddy Bridgewater was Minnesota’s first-round pick in 2014) passes on a quarterback in, say, the first three rounds and Bridgewater needs a home?