The Carolina Panthers are sending Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos tor a sixth-round draft pick, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Bridgewater was the Panthers starting quarterback in 2020, but had a lackluster season, prompting the Panthers to search for a replacement. They ended up trading for ex-Jets first rounder Sam Darnold.
The #Panthers get the 191st overall pick in this year's draft in exchange for QB Teddy Bridgewater, per source, as well as cap flexibility in 2021 and 2022.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 28, 2021
The #Broncos get a quarterback their new GM, George Paton, knows well from Minnesota.
This move could signal that the Broncos aren’t going to make a move for a quarterback in the draft, instead using Bridgewater as Drew Lock’s competition. But, in all likelihood, I would expect them to still be willing to make the move, as Bridgewater just isn’t the caliber player to move the needle and is much better suited as a quality backup.
This move was inevitable for the Panthers, who will pay a portion of Bridgewater’s salary, per Pelissero. This move will free up some cap space for the Panthers, who could still be in on a quarterback in the draft, but at this point it looks like they’ll roll with Darnold.