The San Francisco 49ers continue to say they’re committed to Jimmy Garoppolo as their quarterback, but reports indicate they’re acting a bit differently behind the scenes.
According to Joseph Person of The Athletic, the 49ers have spoken to the Carolina Panthers about a potential Teddy Bridgewater trade. The Panthers are not going to simply give Bridgewater away, at least as long as there is no other major acquisition on the roster that can play quarterback.
The Panthers would save $13 million against the cap by trading Bridgewater, and that figure could rise to $18 million if a deal happens after June 1. That means the Panthers can afford to be patient until they find an upgrade and safely move Bridgewater, which they appear to be trying to do.
As for the 49ers, it’s not entirely clear what they’d see Bridgewater’s role as. The team has publicly stood steadfastly behind Garoppolo, and it’s hard to see Bridgewater representing a clear upgrade over the current quarterback. Barring a contract adjustment, Bridgewater would be an overwhelmingly expensive backup, as he carries a cap hit of nearly $23 million in 2021. It could be that the Niners are simply assessing the market.
The Carolina Panthers appear intent on upgrading at quarterback this offseason, which does not appear to be welcome news for the player currently occupying the position.
Teddy Bridgewater struggled as the Panthers’ starter in 2020 a year into the three-year contract he signed last offseason. Amid consistent rumors that the Panthers are likely to add a quarterback this offseason, Bridgewater appears to have unfollowed the Panthers on Instagram.
That wasn’t all. As of Saturday morning, Bridgewater had set his Instagram account to private.
Bridgewater threw for 3,733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2020, but the Panthers do not appear to view him as their long-term quarterback. That’s why they’ve been heavily linked to the biggest name potentially on the market. Bridgewater has talent, but it’s clear that the Panthers just don’t believe it’s enough to really move the team forward.
The Carolina Panthers were one of several teams that tried to trade for Matthew Stafford last week, and it does not sound like they are sold on Teddy Bridgewater as their quarterback going forward.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that the Panthers offered to send Bridgewater, the No. 8 overall pick in the upcoming draft and a fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions for Stafford. Schefter says that is an indication that Bridgewater’s future in Carolina is “shaky.”
Bridgewater had an up-and-down first season with the Panthers under first-year head coach Matt Rhule. The former first-round pick finished with 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Carolina got off to a promising 3-2 start before losing nine of its last 11 games.
There are several teams looking to upgrade at the quarterback position this offseason, which is why the price for doing so has been steep. Another potential starting quarterback could be traded within days, so the Panthers will likely check in on him as well.
We made it to the end of the 2020 NFL season, and we’ll certainly remember it for lots of different reasons. Despite the circumstances that surrounded it, we saw a whole lot of memorable performances all season, and Week 17 was no different. Some teams and players rose to the occasion, but others just couldn’t do it, whether they had nothing to play for or everything.
Here are the disappointments from the final week of the 2020 season.
Doug Pederson, head coach, Eagles
Pederson said he wanted to get a look at Nate Sudfeld in the Eagles’ season finale. But Pederson showed no regard for the integrity of the game by playing Sudfeld for the entire fourth quarter of a game that had playoff implications.
Pederson sat Jalen Hurts for the entire fourth quarter despite the Eagles being in a one-possession game the whole time. Sudfeld turned the ball over twice and did not produce any points in four possessions. It felt a lot like Pederson gave the game away, which was disappointing to most people outside of D.C.
It’s fair to say that the Dolphins arrived a year earlier than they may have expected to. Still, they entered the day with a chance at a playoff spot. The Buffalo Bills team they were playing looked set to limit their starters. The Bills did that, and it didn’t matter. Buffalo scored 28 points in the second quarter, and things didn’t even improve much once Matt Barkley entered the game, with the Bills ultimately winning 56-26. To come so close and then get throttled like that has to be disappointing for Miami, but ultimately, it seems they just weren’t quite ready for the big stage yet.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cowboys
It turns out there was a reason Dalton failed to land a starting job last offseason. He still had the chance to lead the Cowboys to a surprising NFC East title, or at least position themselves for a chance at one with a win. That didn’t happen, and Dalton was a big reason why. Ineffective and inconsistent, he threw for 243 yards and was intercepted once.
Dalton will have to find another backup job, because he didn’t do much to convince anyone that he had the skills to remain a starter in this league. It’s not his fault he was thrown into the job he was due to Dak Prescott’s injury, but it did serve as a reminder of what he really is.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers
The Panthers are going to have to seriously consider whether they want to stick with Bridgewater in the future. Yes, he was playing behind a battered offensive line, but he has thrown one touchdown since the end of November and isn’t getting it done. He doesn’t really look like an NFL starter. He was ultimately removed from Sunday’s game due to the blowout and the fact that Carolina had nothing to play for. His status will be worth watching going into the 2021 season.
Sure, the Bengals didn’t have anything to play for Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, who were looking to solidify a playoff spot. Still, the team has looked a bit more lively in recent weeks. That was not the case on Sunday, as they simply got steamrolled 38-3. Quarterback Brandon Allen completed just 6 passes on 21 attempts. There is some chatter that coach Zac Taylor’s job security may be iffy. If that’s true, Sunday didn’t do much to prove to ownership that they’re on the right track and still fighting.
Houston Texans’ defense
The Texans have a lot of work to do. They remain exciting on offense at the best of times, but awful on defense, as evidenced by how the end of this game went. The Texans had fought all the way back to a 38-38 tie and seemed to have done enough to get the game to overtime with 18 seconds left. Enter the defense, which somehow left space in the middle of the field and allowed Titans QB Ryan Tannehill to find A.J. Brown with what was essentially a 52-yard Hail Mary. The Titans hit the field goal, and the Texans lost thanks to their horrific defense once again.
Teddy Bridgewater had a serious scare when he left Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a knee injury, but fortunately it was not a serious one.
Bridgewater underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. The Carolina Panthers quarterback is dealing with some soreness and is not a lock to play in Week 11, but the news has been all positive since he left his team’s loss late in the second half.
Bridgewater took a hit to the back of his legs on a Jason Pierre-Paul sack late in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 46-23 loss. He was able to get up under his own power but limped off. You can see a video of the play here.
The concern, of course, was that Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury when he was with the Minnesota Vikings that nearly ended his career. This injury was to the other knee, and fortunately it is nothing major.
Teddy Bridgewater is undergoing an MRI on his right knee after leaving the Carolina Panthers’ 46-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an injury.
Bridgewater took a hit to the back of his legs on a Jason Pierre-Paul sack late in the fourth quarter of the team’s defeat. Bridgewater was down on the ground and came up limping.
Bridgewater was replaced by backup P.J. Walker following that play.
Bridgewater went 18/24 for 136 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the loss. He also rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Bridgewater had a devastating leg injury when he was a member of the Vikings, but that was to his left knee.
Teddy Bridgewater celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday, and the quarterback partied so hard that the Carolina Panthers can only hope he is ready for their big game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.
Bridgewater told reporters he got pretty wild for the big 2-8. And by that we mean he went hard at the Olive Garden.
“Had some salad and some bread,” Bridgewater told reporters, per Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer.
If any Panthers players feel like getting crazy for their birthday, they should probably leave the planning to Bridgewater.
Bridgewater has played fairly well in his first season as Carolina’s starter, but the team is just 3-6. They need to turn things around quickly if they want to climb into the playoff hunt, and a win over the Bucs would be a good place to start.
If Bridgewater wants to make incredible plays on Sunday like the one he made in last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s going to have to do his best to shake off that Olive Garden hangover.
Teddy Bridgewater offered up a reminder of his unique talent on Sunday with one of the more remarkable plays of the day.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback put his legs to good use on a vital 4th and 14 early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Bridgewater slipped away from multiple tackles and launched himself into the air to pick up the key first down.
Bridgewater’s results have been mixed in his first season with Carolina. He came into Sunday’s game with nine touchdown passes and six interceptions, along with a rushing touchdown. Regardless of the overall numbers, this serves as a reminder of what Bridgewater can do with his legs once he gets going.
Bridgewater has taken some big hits lately, including this that fell on the dirty side. The Panthers would probably like to see him avoid those.
Teddy Bridgewater got knocked out of Thursday night’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. after a hit to the head.
Bridgewater was about to be sacked on a 3rd-and-7 play from the Falcons 37 in the third quarter after being tripped. He tried to stretch for a few more yards as he was going down behind the line of scrimmage. As he was going down, Charles Harris nailed him with a hit to the head.
A skirmish broke out between the teams after some Panthers players protested the trip and late hit.
The Falcons were called both for tripping and unnecessary roughness. Harris was ejected from the game for the hit.
Bridgewater was replaced by P.J. Walker. The Panthers starter went to the team’s medical tent on the sideline for an examination.
Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season was certainly memorable, but not always for the right reasons. One team suffered a truly epic collapse, while a series of major injuries put a damper on things for the entire league. While there were plenty of teams that played at an elite level, we were also subjected to one of the worst quarterback performances of the young season.
Here are five big disappointments from NFL Week 2.
5) New York Jets
The Jets look worse with each passing week. They were crushed by a hobbled 49ers’ offense that was missing several weapons. Their own offense could do very little against the San Francisco defense. The Jets had perhaps the worst all-around performance of any team in Week 2. It was enough to get coach Adam Gase to blow his top after the game when meeting with the media. Gase’s frustration is understandable; at this rate, Gase might not have a job by the end of the season. It’s that bad.
4) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers
The Buccaneers’ defense was excellent on Sunday, and Bridgewater simply was not. His passing numbers were okay, and he piled up 367 yards, but he turned the ball over three times. He threw two interceptions, both of which were down to his poor accuracy, and also lost a fumble. It’s virtually impossible to win a game in the NFL when your quarterback turns the ball over three times in a game. Bridgewater simply has to clean that up going forward.
3) Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
Cousins turned in what has to go down as the single worst quarterback performance of anyone so far this season. The numbers speak for themselves: 11/26, 113 yards, three interceptions. He also took a safety. This came against a Colts’ defense that is good, but few would consider elite. Cousins doesn’t even look like an NFL starting quarterback at this point. His offense has too few weapons, and he’s nowhere near good enough to make up for that.
Week 2 was the most brutal week for high-profile injuries in a long time. Worse, several of the injuries appeared serious. The most serious blows were to Giants running back Saquon Barkley and 49ers teammates Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas. That’s an awful set of severe injuries to pretty significant players. Hopefully we don’t see another week of injuries like this for a long time.
1) Atlanta Falcons’ special teams
The entire Atlanta team really deserves criticism after blowing a 39-24 lead over the Dallas Cowboys with eight minutes left. The offense was unable to put the game away while the defense was on its heels for the entire fourth quarter. Despite all that, the Falcons could have put the game away by simply recovering an onside kick, but their baffling management of that kick attempt allowed the Cowboys to recover and set up a game-winning field goal. Did they not know the rules? It’s hard to say. Whatever the case, it was an unacceptable failure.