Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has another new home and he will get the chance to show that he can be an NFL starter.
The Carolina Panthers have been contracted to sign Bridgewater to replace Cam Newton, according to several reports. The deal is set to run for three years and $ 60 million. via ESPN.
The 27-year-old Bridgewater will reunite with the Panthers’ new offensive coordinator, Joe Brady, and will get his first chance to become a full-time starter substitute for the Vikings since his 2015 Pro Bowl season after a devastating knee injury and several years.
He’ll get this chance because the Panthers move away from Newton after nine years and are looking for a trading partner who can get a divisive divorce.
Bridgewater has spent the last two seasons with the Saints as a backup of Drew Brees. In 2018, he overlapped with Brady, who was an offensive assistant in New Orleans from 2017 to 2018.
Bridgewater filled in in 2019 when Brees failed with a thumb injury in week 2. Bridgewater started in five games last season (all wins) and threw 1,384 yards and nine touchdowns with just two interceptions. The Saints have since re-signed Brees for a $ 50 million two-year deal and also have the versatile QB Taysom Hill, who is a restricted free agent and is expected to return to New Orleans.
Bridgewater, number 32 in the 2014 draft, began his career with the Vikings. He was an emerging star in the league when he suffered a cruciate ligament rupture and knee injury during training camp in 2016, which forced him to miss the entire following season and put his career at risk.
After being active again in 2017, he signed with the Jets in 2018 and had an outstanding pre-season before being sold to the Saints.