Bridgewater flirted with Miami last season but ultimately decided to stay with the Saints as opposed to playing for a team that was going to struggle. As well he didn’t know if the Dolphins would draft a QB last season.
The situation remains the same this season.
Cincinnati, Miami, and Carolina need QBs and will likely draft their guy. Chicago is in that same number but may not understand that yet. The Chargers, Colts, Lions, Buccaneers and Steelers all have guys who are either hurt, aging, or not performing as one might want.
These teams are in limbo. Tennessee might have their guy in Tannehill, but I feel like Mike Vrabel will seriously look at the big picture before committing to him.
Bridgewater will not want to go to a place looking to draft a QB, so Cincinnati is definitely out. Miami, of course, will talk to him, but they are highly likely to draft a guy. Ditto for Carolina – some have linked Bridgewater to Carolina with Joe Brady as the offensive coordinator there.
They do need a backup with some talent, but the fact is this would only be a temporary spot for Teddy and he’d never be the true starter there.
Add to the mix that there are other guys who will be in line for jobs. Cam Newton and Andy Dalton are long-time starters in the league. Marcus Mariota will be out there too, but Teddy can hold his own there.
So the big question here is who is willing to pay for a solid QB over a rookie draftee? Look for Teddy to be in a hunt alongside Newton in places like Chicago and Los Angeles (Chargers), maybe Indianapolis too.
And the not so wild card – Tampa Bay. Bucs coach Bruce Arians made tremendous strides with Jameis Winston, who is not a great QB. With a Teddy Bridgewater and those receivers, in Tampa, he could quickly become a contender in the division.
It’s not out of the stretch of reality to think if Bridgewater’s not comfortable or doesn’t get what he likes, that he could stay here another season to see how the landscape shakes out. But he could also get paid more to be a backup elsewhere.
This one is tough to call.