Buccaneers Officially Replacing Jameis Winston With Teddy Bridgewater
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially replacing Jameis Winston with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, it appears.
Over the past two years, Bridgewater has used his time as the Saints’ backup quarterback to establish himself as one of the more reliable passing options in the NFL.
Unfortunately for New Orleans, the team finds itself in a particularly odd situation. All three of its quarterbacks are free agents this offseason, and Bridgewater is the hardest one to retain.
As such, suitors seem to be lining up around the corner to make the 27-year-old their next starting quarterback.
According to Bleacher Report NFL insider Brent Sobelski, the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots are all potential contenders for Bridgewater’s services.
Who is the most likely option, though? Tampa Bay.
According to Sobelski, although Bridegwater does not fit the mold of what head coach Bruce Arians traditionally looks for in a quarterback, the team is still very interested in him.
Part of that, obviously, is because the organization as absolutely had it with Winston.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly interested in the Miami native,” he said.
“I am hearing Tampa Bay is hot on Bridgewater,” a general manager confirmed to Mike Sando of The Athletic.
JC Cornell of The Draft Network echoed that sentiment, noting that Bridgewater was currently the frontrunner to takeover for Winston.
Last year Winston recorded 5,109 yards, 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions for the Buccaneers. While Arians appreciated the raw talent his young quarterback brought to the table, he did not love the poor decision-making and chronic turnovers.
With that in mind, it is not particularly surprising to see Tampa Bay move in a different direction for 2020.