Ever since the career-threatening leg injury that cost him his starting job with the Minnesota Vikings, Teddy Bridgewater has been doing everything possible to prove that he’s still a quality QB. After a successful year with the New Orleans Saints as the backup to Drew Brees, it looks like Bridgewater is poised to earn a starting job – somewhere.
According to ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler, multiple teams are reportedly expecting Bridgewater to get a big free agent contract this spring. Per the report, he will either be a team’s outright starter or serve as a bridge to the next one. He’s expected to command $30 million-plus annually.
But one thing remains very clear: Unless Saints QB Drew Brees retires, Bridgewater is on the move this spring. Of course, Brees’ status with the Saints remains somewhat up in the air.
From NFL Live: Multiple teams expect Teddy Bridgewater to have a strong free agency market as a starting or bridge quarterback for a team in transition. Widely expected to be on the move unless Drew Brees retires.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 17, 2020
But between Bridgewater, Brees and Taysom Hill, Bridgewater seems most like the odd man out.
Furthermore, should he hit the open market, it looks like Bridgewater is in for a massive payday.
Fowler reported that Bridgewater could sign a multi-year deal paying him an average of $30 million per season.
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) February 17, 2020
After recovering from his leg injury in 2017, Bridgewater joined the New York Jets in free agency in 2018.
He wasn’t able to beat out then-rookie Sam Darnold for the starting job though, and the Jets traded him to New Orleans before the season.
While with the Saints, Bridgewater went 5-1 as a starter, with those five wins all coming this season.
Bridgewater played well in relief of Drew Brees, and at 27 years old, is still in the prime of his career.
Who will sign Teddy Bridgewater this spring?