Speaking to 9News in Denver on Saturday, Broncos general manager George Paton spoke glowingly about Bridgewater. He described the former Pro Bowler as “a winner” who will fit in their offense and take it to the next level.
“Teddy’s a winner,” Paton said. “He’s won everywhere he’s been. Obviously, Carolina was a tough spot for him. He’s a winner. He’s poised, he has quite the confidence about him. We have a young offense. I just thought Teddy would fit with this young offense, help stabilize it, and take it to the next level.”
Bridgewater went 4-11 as a starter for the Carolina Panthers in 2020. But the team traded for Sam Darnold before the 2021 NFL Draft, signifying that they were done with him.
The Broncos traded for Bridgewater several weeks later.
Broncos name Teddy Bridgewater starting quarterback. pic.twitter.com/PxBaFe9qdF
— NFL (@NFL) August 25, 2021
Teddy Bridgewater was the No. 32 overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2014 NFL Draft. He went 17-11 as a starter over this first two seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2015.
But a severe ACL tear in 2016 cost him the entire 2016 and most of the 2017 season. The team declined his fifth-year option after the season and he wound up signing with the New York Jets before being traded to the New Orleans Saints.
As the backup to Drew Brees, Bridgewater was able to revitalize his career a bit. He went 5-1 as a starter in New Orleans and completed 67-percent of his passes for 1,502 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Bridgewater parlayed his success in New Orleans into a big contract with the Panthers. But after one year, he was traded.
Perhaps he’ll have better luck in Denver.
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