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Panthers trading Teddy Bridgewater to the Broncos for a sixth-round draft pick

The Panthers have made a move long expected. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will now compete with Drew Lock for the Broncos starting job.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) looks to pass in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.