After giving their former franchise quarterback Cam Newton permission to seek a trade, the Carolina Panthers have reportedly already found their signal-caller of the future. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Panthers have agreed to a three-year deal with Teddy Bridgewater. Though the details of the deal won’t be known until the league year officially starts on Wednesday, Rapoport reports that Bridgewater will earn in the ballpark of $20 million a year.
The #Panthers have their new QB: Teddy Bridgewater lands in Carolina. pic.twitter.com/0j3geVFL9V
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
Teddy Bridgewater was one of the premier free-agent quarterbacks becoming available in this free agency class and after Newton was given permission to work his way out of Carolina, the Panthers were in the market for a new QB. Last year’s starter Kyle Allen showed flashed of being capable but was never going to be the long-term answer.
Now the Panthers have someone they could build their future around. Bridgewater himself hasn’t been a starter since joining the New Orleans Saints as Drew Brees’ backup, but he’s more than capable of leading an offense. With Christian McCaffery in the backfield and weapons like DJ Moore on the outside, this Panthers team could be fun to watch next season.