Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is heading to yet another team, his third in three seasons. This was confirmed on Wednesday when it was announced by the Carolina Panthers that they had traded him to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.
After acquiring quarterback Sam Darnold from the New York Jets earlier in the offseason, the Panthers no longer had a heavy need for Bridgewater, which explains why they made the trade. Clearly, they felt that the Broncos’ 191st pick in this year’s NFL Draft was worth more.
To sweeten the pot for Denver, the Panthers are expected to pay a large chunk of Bridgewater’s salary in the upcoming season: $7 million of it, to be exact. Bridgewater’s salary cap hit was $22 million in 2021, and a bit less than $14 million in 2020.
Bridgewater spent the first leg of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, and later with the New Orleans Saints, where he served as a backup for Drew Brees. He was then signed by Carolina last season, getting an opportunity to prove himself as a starter.
However, it appears as though he wasn’t able to make a strong enough impact that Carolina was willing to replace him so easily. Nevertheless, Bridgewater will receive further opportunities to show his worth with the Broncos.