Drew Brees is going back to play quarterback for the Saints in2020 That implies he won’ t get in nor retire NFL freeagency That likewise implies New Orleans won’ t re-sign costly backup QB Teddy Bridgewater for a 3rd season.
Bridgewater, 27, signs up with Philip Rivers as a quarterback particular to strike NFL free agency when the league year begins with the official finalizing duration on March18 Brees and Dak Prescott (most likely) are off the market, however the other anonymous QBs for now consist of Tom Brady, Jameis Winston and Ryan Tannehill.
With the supply and need for quarterbacks both abnormally high, particularly when you think about outliers such as Webcam Newton, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton and perhaps even Matthew Stafford– plus a strong 2020 QB draft class that consists of Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert– there are lots of methods for a team to prevent paying too much for a quarterback.
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ESPN recommended Bridgewater might make approximately $30 million a year. He is in line for getting a big raise from the $7.25 million in base pay he got in 2019, his brand-new offer most likely has a flooring of what Jacoby Brissett obtained from the Colts ($15 million a year) with.a ceiling of what Nick Foles obtained from the Jaguars ($22 million a year).
Bridgewater did go 5-0 as the Saints’ starter when Brees missed out on time with a best thumb injury in2019 At 27, he can’t be paid on the capacity of him living to up to his Vikings first-round draft status from 2014. Bridgewater’s brand-new changed raised backup worth puts him justly in series of $20 million per season, still practically 3 times what he simply made.
Provided his brand-new contract will land someplace in the middle of the free- representative QBs, Bridgewater is a cost effective bridge alternative. He achieved success throughout his current stint in New Orleans since he took care with the ball, finished a high portion of his passes and leaned well on the defense and the running game.
Based upon his worth and what he can give a team, here are the 4 best fits for Bridgewater.
1. Tennessee Titans
The Titans got an excellent second half from Tannehill however need to cautious of overpaying him, because much of his winning success came off play- action to make the most of strong ranging from Derrick Henry. Bridgewater gets knocked excessive for deep tosses, something Tannehill has actually experienced, too. Bridgewater can being effective with calculated deep shots while likewise understanding when to inspect down to backs, tight ends and slot receivers.
Tennessee was on the brink of winning the AFC championship with its zagging method focused around Henry and physicaldefense The team has medium wage cap space (at around $50 million) and is selecting too late at No. 29 general in the draft to force the problem with a leading noviceQB Bridgewater can assist the Titans win plenty more games in comparable style without breaking the bank.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When you take a look at changed yards per effort Bridgewater (7.5) was much better than Winston (7.1) last season. He likewise secured the ball with just 2 interceptions in 5 starts, while Winston was obstructed a league- high 30 times in his 16games
Coach Bruce Arians has actually hinted that if he had more effective QB play, the Bucs, with a much better general defense under Todd Bowles, might be a lot much better than 7-9. Tampa has weapons galore to assistance Bridgewater and need to put in a strong offseason effort to update the 24 th-ranked runninggame , if the Bucs do not desire to utilize No.. 14 general to prepare a QB, they can utilize a sensible quantity of their near $90 million in cap space to move forward with Bridgewater as the starter vs. paying Winston in line with his 2015 top of draft status.
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3. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts revolve more around the running game and defense less than a year eliminated from Andrew Luck’s retirement. Brissett played well to start last season, however faded after a knee injury into more average production. The Colts were restricted by some problems in their getting corps to the point Brissett ended up being a challenged caretaker.
Bridgewater does not use the capability to run that Brissett does, however he can pressing the ball all over the field much better. The Colts need to weigh whether Bridgewater suffices of an upgrade to invest a great piece of their $85 million-plus under the cap to take the shot. Launching Brissett would cost them another $125 million in dead cap money, while trading him would cost them just $5.5 million.
4. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have more than $30 million under the cap offered, however that will increase to more than $50 million need to they choose to cut or trade Webcam Newton as anticipated for a cost savings of $191 million. The Panthers might be pursuing Tagovailoa or Herbert in the draft, however regardless they need to be thinking about a veteran bridge for Matt Rhule and Joe Brady. They can invest a little more on a knowledgeable QB offered they will be determined with their free representative costs, focusing more on quality than amount in reconstruct mode.
Bridgewater can lean on Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Ian Thomas for big plays while likewise getting the ball out of his hands rapidly. Signing him likewise will permit the Panthers to concentrate on getting essential pieces for their post- Luke Kuechly defense.
Do not be shocked if Bridgewater leaps the Saints for a competitor in the NFC South, however half of the AFC South likewise makes good sense for his services.