Teddy Bridgewater Set To Sign With Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Is Teddy Bridgewater set to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as soon as free agency comments next week?
It is beginning to look that way.
Bridgewater put together a very solid campaign with the New Orleans Saints last year. If this were any other team, they would be scrambling to retain him after the season he just had.
Unfortunately for New Orleans, the organization finds itself in the unique position of having all three of its quarterbacks hitting free agency. Drew Brees and Bridgewater are unrestricted, whereas Taysom Hill is restricted.
Clearly the team will not allow Brees to leave. That means Hill and Bridgewater are what the choice comes down to, and it will simply be easier to keep Hill because he is restricted.
That means Bridgewater is the odd man out.
According to The Draft Network insider JC Cornell, Tampa Bay has come out as a serious contender for Bridgewater’s services in recent weeks.
Teddy Bridgewater is the front runner right now for the Buccaneers
— JC Cornell (@CornellNFL) March 5, 2020
This is partially due to their continued discomfort with quarterback Jameis Winston as the long term solution at the position.
The Buccaneers feel like they have a ton of offensive talent, and simply need the right quarterback to put it all together.
Between Mike Ewans, OJ Howard, Cameron Brate and Chris Goodwin head coach Bruce Arians believes the quarterback position should be producing a lot more in the way of efficiency and results than it did in 2019.
Last season, with Brees out, Bridewater led New Orleans on a 5-0 campaign and completed 68 percent of his passes. When it was all said and done, he recorded 1,384 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bridewater is expected to command somewhere between $20 to $30 million in free agency next year. Seeing as Tampa Bay has roughly $75 million cap space heading into the offseason, the numbers should work out nicely for all involved.