Panthers Trade QB Teddy Bridgewater to Broncos

Teddy Bridgewater with the Panthers in 2020.
Teddy Bridgewater with the Panthers in 2020. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (11629188bs)

It looks like Teddy Bridgewater is set to play for yet another team this upcoming season. The Carolina Panthers announced on Wednesday that they had traded the quarterback to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. This will be the third team that Bridgewater plays for in three seasons.

Carolina’s motivations aren’t so hard to see. They only recently acquired quarterback Sam Darnold from the New York Jets, and it appears as though he’ll be their priority at the QB helm moving forward.

Carolina will receive the 191st draft pick from Denver, and in return they’ll do more than just hand over Bridgewater. The Panthers are also expected to pay $7 million out of his salary in the upcoming season, which gave the Broncos an even larger incentive to follow through with the trade.

Teddy Bridgewater has had a rocky career, dealing with injuries and coming off the bench for much of it. He started his career playing for the Minnesota Vikings, and years later moved to the New Orleans Saints where he was Drew Brees’ backup.

Last season, he got the opportunity to be a full-time starter when he was acquired by the Panthers. But now it looks as though he’ll have to prove himself for another team. We have yet to see how he’ll do as a Bronco, but expect him to come out of the gate strong.