Could the New Orleans Saints' backup quarterback be a potential successor to Cam Newton if the Carolina Panthers choose to move on from their franchise star this offseason?
With the Panthers hiring LSU passing game coordinator and former Saints assistant Joe Brady as their new offensive coordinator, it suddenly makes more than a little sense for Teddy Bridgewater to be on the Panthers' radar, notes Larry Holder of The Athletic.
Bridgewater proved to be a capable starter for the Saints this season when superstar Drew Brees went down with a thumb injury. The former Louisville Cardinal stepped in a went 5-0 in Brees' absence, which is no small achievement.
Bridgewater and Brady have some history, as prior to becoming LSU's passing game coordinator this past year, Brady was an offensive assistant for the Saints. Bridgewater is notably similar to current LSU quarterback Joe Burrow in the sense that neither of them has a classic rifle arm, but can take care of the ball well and make proper decisions to win football games.
The main thing that would preventing Bridgewater from becoming a Panther is Carolina's current situation with former MVP Cam Newton. Newly appointed head coach Matt Rhule has yet to decide what he wants to do with Newton given that the QB is coming off of an injury-riddled 2019 campaign as concerns grow about his long-term durability.
If Newton were to leave Carolina, then Bridgewater should be one of the top candidates to replace him, at least as a shorter-term option. It all comes down to what Rhule believes is best for the Panthers in the near future, but Brady's arrival is a real wild card that could help things come together.