Carolina Panthers sign Teddy Bridgewater: grade, reactions, and more

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After going 5-0 in replacement of an injured Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater finally gets his shot again as a franchise quarterback with the Carolina Panthers.

Teddy Bridgewater started his career with the Minnesota Vikings after being selected as the final pick in the first round of the 2014 draft. In 2014, Bridgewater was named Pepsi Rookie of the Year and in 2015 he made his first Pro Bowl.

During a practice before the 2016 season, Bridgewater suffered a devastating non-contact injury that took nearly two years to recover from.

Before the 2018 season, Bridgewater signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets before being traded to the New Orleans Saints a couple months later. This proved to be a valuable addition for the Saints.

When quarterback Drew Brees was injury during the Week 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams, Bridgewater was finally given his chance again to play in a starting role at quarterback. In the five games that Brees was recovering from his injury, Bridgewater led the Saints to a 5-0 record against good competition.

In those five games, Bridgewater completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 1,205 yards, nine touchdowns to only two interceptions, and a 103.7 passer rating. He was widely criticized as only a game manager, but proved in a couple spots during that stretch that he could also make plays necessary to win games without making any mistakes.

One thing he had going for him was a great offensive line, something Carolina currently lacks. To keep Teddy healthy and help him be competitive in a tough division, the Panthers will have to surround him with talent, especially on the offensive line.

With the Panthers supposedly in rebuild though, it might be rough going for Bridgewater.

Contract Details

Chris Mortensen is reporting a three-year deal in the range of $60 million. Other details have yet to be released, with the final contract said to be done by the start of the league year on Wednesday.

National Reaction

This signing is a huge step for Bridgewater who has worked so hard to come back from his injury. Is he an upgrade over Cam Newton? Maybe not. But he can probably find success in Carolina under new offensive coordinator Joe Brady.

Grade: B

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