Life comes at you quick within the NFL, as Sam Darnold has now found firsthand. The previous third total choose went from being the franchise quarterback of the New York Jets to principally an afterthought this offseason, with the membership proudly owning the No. 3 choose within the 2021 NFL Draft. And as lately as Sunday, former Jets teammate Josh McCown famous Darnold’s . At some point later, he was traded to the Carolina Panthers, however there presumably will not be a contest there both, with incumbent starter Teddy Bridgewater probably on his manner out of Charlotte.
The Panthers have reportedly given Bridgewater permission to talk with different groups to assist facilitate a possible commerce, by way of Ian Rapoport of NFL Community. This enables him the chance to probably choose the place he performs subsequent, versus blindly delivery him out of North Carolina to quick ahead to what seems like an inevitable divorce. The Panthers are reportedly open to holding Bridgewater, nevertheless it appears apparent he’d must concede to a backup function if he stays — no less than initially.
A former first-round choose himself, Bridgewater did have an uneven efficiency as QB1 for the Panthers in 2020, however he is additionally proven current success as a starter earlier than taking on that mantle, evidenced in his time with the New Orleans Saints. When Drew Brees missed video games with damage in 2019, Bridgewater went 5-0 as starter, and there is been hypothesis the Saints and head coach Sean Payton would not thoughts rejoining forces with Brees now retired. That hypothesis has since quieted after the Saints re-signed Jameis Winston to a one-year, $12 million deal, but when they wish to make it a real competitors to see who can take over for Brees, including Bridgewater to the combo would spice issues up fairly a bit.
It’s going to be fascinating to see what occurs subsequent with Bridgewater, particularly contemplating the QB market is not what it was a couple of weeks in the past when headline expertise discovered new properties, and with the draft lower than a month away. Moreover, the Panthers have been unable to discover a commerce accomplice over the earlier weeks, and Bridgewater being due a base wage of $17 million in 2021, with $10 million assured, is an added complication. He has two years remaining on his present contract with the Panthers, together with a $20 million wage due in 2022, so he’d probably have to simply accept a pay minimize to carve his manner onto a brand new roster.
It isn’t precisely one of the best time for Bridgewater to go home looking, however the Panthers have not actually given him a alternative in that regard, assuming he nonetheless needs what they’re now ready to present to Darnold. They’re, nonetheless, no less than giving him a alternative as to the place he lands subsequent.