Teddy Bridgewater, once upon a time, played the best football of his career with Sean Payton in New Orleans and makes sense as the 2023 QB2 for Denver. To be fair to Teddy, he’s had the best season of any quarterback since Peyton Manning retired from the Broncos.
Russell Wilson is likely going to take that over during 2023, but Bridgewater has shown that he can be competent in the NFL as a spot starter.
Bridgewater was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings back in 2014, played a few years there, and signed with the New Orleans Saints as the backup in 2018. In 2019, he started five games for the team.
During those five games, Teddy Bridgewater threw for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions, and earned a passer rating of 99.1. The Saints also went 5-0 in these starts, and it landed Bridgewater a nice payday with the Carolina Panthers the following year.
He then spent one year with the Denver Broncos before signing a one-year deal to be the backup in Miami. Now, set to hit the market again, Teddy Two Gloves has established himself as a high-quality backup/spot starter.
He’s someone that you can win games with, and Sean Payton proved that. His being brought back to Denver as the backup to Russell Wilson makes a lot of sense.
We know that he can perform in a Sean Payton offense, as evidenced by his 2019 showing. He also has familiarity with the Broncos. He was with the team just one year ago, so there is some chemistry there.
I’m not sure if he was particularly liked in the locker room, but I’d assume that was just fine.
Bridgewater has also shown capabilities to keep a team afloat. He’s got a 33-32 career record, so he’s technically a winning quarterback in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos introduced their 20th head coach in franchise history Monday afternoon as Sean Payton talked for the first time in Dove Valley.
Also, Wilson was banged up a bit this year, so maybe his body is finally giving in just a bit. Having someone who raises the floor of the quarterback room in Bridgewater would be a smart play. There’s also the connection between Bridgewater and George Paton, who likely had a hand in drafting Teddy. All in all, this would make a lot of sense for both sides.