Yesterday the Carolina Panthers officially announced the signing of Cardinal Forever Teddy Bridgewater. The 27 year old QB spent the last two seasons backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans. Now he is the presumptive starter for Carolina, replacing former All-Pro Cam Newton.
Bridgewater’s deal is for 3 years and $63 million with $30 million guaranteed. He got a chance to showcase his ability to be a quality starter last season when Drew Brees went down with a thumb injury. Teddy stepped in as a starter and went 5-0, keeping the Saints afloat as Brees recovered.
As a starter and during mop up duty in 4 other games, Bridgewater threw for 1384 yards and 9 TDs with only 2 interceptions. He completed 67.9% of his passes. Teddy finished with a 99.1 QB Rating in his time on the field. That QB Rating ranked 12th among all QBs last season.
Teddy Bridgewater came back from a devastating leg injury that nearly ended his career. Before his injury, he was the Vikings franchise QB. He worked his way back and was able to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans. Now, Bridgewater joins a Carolina Panthers organization that is being remade.
The Panthers have a new coach in Matt Rhule who resurrected Baylor Football after the Art Briles debacle. New offensive coordinator Joe Brady helped Joe Burrow put together one of the greatest seasons for a college QB of all time last year. There are some excellent offensive weapons on the Panthers like Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore. Teddy Bridgewater is stepping into a situation where he can likely thrive.
It is so wonderful to see this beloved former Louisville QB get his second chance as a starter after fighting back from such a horrific injury. If anyone deserves it, it’s Teddy Bridgwater. He’s still young at 27 years old and could become the franchise QB in Carolina everyone thought he would be in Minnesota. We here at CSZ wish Teddy Bridgewater all the luck in the world and look forward to watching him on Sundays.