Teddy Bridgewater’s career renaissance continues. The free agent quarterback officially signed his contract with the Carolina Panthers today.
Bridgewater almost lost his career–and his leg–due to a gruesome practice injury in 2016. Now, he stands poised to make a maximum of $63 million over the next three years with the Panthers.
In 2019, Bridgewater showed what he was capable of by performing well in five starts for the New Orleans Saints. He held down the fort with Drew Brees out and enabled the Saints to go 5-0 under his leadership.
Even though Bridgewater now plays for a division rival, New Orleans head coach Sean Payton still clearly has an affinity for him. He congratulated Bridgewater on Twitter tonight, right after the QB posted a photo of him signing his contract.
“Congrats TB,” Payton tweeted, including a GIF of a man popping a wheelie. Bridgewater helped make the Saints’ “bike dance” popular.
Congrats TB pic.twitter.com/VMNugLASET
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) March 23, 2020
Bridgewater is going to an interesting situation in Carolina. The team seems to clearly be rebuilding, and may not win a lot of games in 2020.
Still, considering where Bridgewater was just a few years ago, just seeing him have the opportunity to start in the NFL is incredible.