As the search for a strong backup quarterback continues, Teddy Bridgewater has emerged as a potential candidate for the Detroit Lions. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the veteran QB has received a “strong contract offer” from the team. Bridgewater has a proven track record and familiarity with Lions head coach Dan Campbell, making him an ideal choice for the team.
Bridgewater’s History with Campbell
The connection between Bridgewater and Campbell dates back to their time with the New Orleans Saints. When Campbell served as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach, Bridgewater was a quarterback on the roster. This shared experience could provide a solid foundation for a successful collaboration in Detroit.
Lions Eyeing Insurance for Starting QB
While Jared Goff, the Lions’ starting quarterback, has generally maintained good health, the team is looking to add a dependable backup as Goff enters his eighth professional season. The team recently resigned quarterback Nate Sudfeld, but the Lions brass has been vocal about their intentions to continue to strengthen the quarterback room. Bridgewater’s experience and record make him a top contender for the backup role, offering the team extra security in case of injuries or performance issues.
Competition for Bridgewater: Other Free Agent Quarterbacks
Despite the strong offer from the Lions, Bridgewater is reportedly taking his time in making a decision. It has appeared that the Baltimore Ravens were Bridgeater’s first choice, however, the drama surrounding Lamar Jackson continues to drag on.
There are several veteran QBs available in free agency, including former first-round picks Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Blaine Gabbert, and Joe Flacco. Bridgewater’s decision to wait could be influenced by the upcoming draft, as teams may fill their QB2 spots with rookies.
Bridgewater’s Journey: From Pro Bowler to Backup
In his second year, Bridgewater earned a Pro Bowl selection before suffering a severe knee injury in 2016. He spent time with the Saints, Panthers, and Broncos as a starter before assuming a backup role with the Dolphins in 2022. Last season, Bridgewater completed 49 of 79 passes for 683 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions.
In sum, Teddy Bridgewater’s connection with Dan Campbell, his proven reliability as a quarterback, and his ability to be a leader of men make him a strong candidate for the backup role with the Detroit Lions. As Bridgewater continues to weigh his options, the team and its fans eagerly await his decision.
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