Denver Broncos: Five veteran QBs to replace Paxton Lynch
By Andrew Wade
This is the obvious one. Bridgewater looked like a budding superstar prior to his gruesome leg injury two years ago. In only a few snaps last year, Teddy looked uncomfortable in the pocket.
Instead of hanging on and hoping Bridgewater could return to form, Minnesota let him walk away as a free agent this offseason and brought in Kirk Cousins. The New York Jets swooped in and signed him to a very team friendly deal. This deal would essentially pay Bridgewater $6 million as a base salary with up to $9 million in incentives.
The Jets didn’t stop there though. They went ahead and re-signed ageless wonder Josh McCown and drafted heralded prospect Sam Darnold out of USC. Although Bridgewater has looked good so far in the preseason, so has Darnold.
It’s becoming more and more common for teams to keep only two quarterbacks on the active roster and out of Darnold, Bridgewater, and McCown, Teddy becomes the odd man out. He’s not the future of the franchise like Darnold and he is not the savvy veteran mentor that McCown has proven to be. Additionally, his contract is reasonable for a backup quarterback making it likely he could be traded at the right price if the Jets are willing.
Fortunately for the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets are apparently open to trading Teddy. Last week, Predominantly Orange writer Cameron Parker called for Elway to make the trade for Bridgewater, and I fully support that notion.
Bringing in Teddy is a fantastic opportunity to see if he still has the tools that made him a first-round pick and provide a veteran backup to Keenum in case of injury.
The question is what does it take to get Bridgewater in the blue and orange?