49ers Interested In Panthers’ Teddy Bridgewater

The 49ers have called the Panthers to discuss a potential trade for Teddy Bridgewater, according to Joseph Person of The Athletic. While the Panthers are looking to upgrade at quarterback, the Niners view the veteran as a solid insurance policy for Jimmy Garoppolo.

[RELATED: 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo Available For Trade?]

Bridgewater was offered to the Lions just a few weeks ago, before the Lions shipped Matthew Stafford to the Rams. Meanwhile, Jimmy G is believed to be very much available, despite John Lynch‘s comments to the contrary. Trouble is, rival teams share the 49ers’ concerns about the young QB.

Garoppolo has missed 23 games since his September 2018 ACL tear. And, further complicating matters, he’s one of just eight players in the NFL with a no-trade clause. Garoppolo played all 16 games in San Francisco’s 2019 NFC Championship season, but played in only three in 2018. This past year, he suited up just six times.

Bridgewater inked a three-year, $60MM+ deal with the Panthers last year to replace Cam Newton under center. Unfortunately, the highly-respected veteran didn’t live up to the deal. Now, the Panthers are set to make a run at Deshaun Watson. Failing that, they may look to draft their next QB with the No. 7 overall pick.

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29 comments on “49ers Interested In Panthers’ Teddy Bridgewater

  1. tedtheodorelogan

    Garoppolo will turn 30 a few months into next season. Is that what qualifies as young now?

  2. Thronson5

    This is out of hand now. This wouldn’t be an upgrade. Doubt this is true and if it is they are not as smart as I thought they are

    • mrshyguy99

      I think they mean have him as a back up to jimmy g not replace jimmy g

      • Thronson5

        Oh, that would make sense if he didn’t make so much. He’d have to for sure take a pay cut but I can’t see why he would willingly take a pay cut and be a backup but if they could make that happen then I wouldn’t mind that. I thought they were looking at trading for him as a starter and replacing Jimmy, that would make no sense.

      • No, he can’t. I get that it’s a great story that he made it back to the league after his injury. But for wide stretches he did not look good. He cost them the second Giants game, for example, with some atrocious throws and decision-making.

        • atuck_sfg

          The dude had just come back from life threatening injuries and hadn’t played in two years, cut the guy some slack lol. He led them to a playoff spot that they had no business being in

          • I am cutting him slack. He was pretty good, which is remarkable and his record can’t be denied. But he looked horrible at points and threw more INTs than TDs. To say ‘he can do what Jimmy G does’ is wrong.

    • Thronson5

      I agree! Would rather bring back Smith. He would be a better back up then weve had in a long time, he won’t cost too much and he proved last year he can do what it takes to win and I’m sure he was still feeling rusty after all that time off. Curious if they even reach out to him as option at back up. One things for sure, seems like we will be better off than last season at back up, seems like they are going to make sure of that. Can’t guarantee Jimmy won’t get hurt. Hopefully they fix the line though, won’t matter who’s back there

  3. mrshyguy99

    So is Shannon giving up on Mullen and cj? Could we see a whole new qb depth behind jimmy g. If he not traded

      • rocky7

        And, he looks like a backup at best given his play this year….very, very ordinary!
        Bridgewater would seem to be a definitive upgrade over Mullens!

        • mrshyguy99

          I’ll take anyone over cj and mullens . I’ll be excited to see new depth behind jimmy we need it

    • dubtastic

      I gave up on both Mullen and CJ..they don’t have any QB skills to win a football game..it was an automatic loss once they took under center..Bridgewater at least would give the Niners a chance..

  4. bradthebluefish

    Expensive insurance policy to have two QBs making $45MM+ combined.

  5. driftcat28

    At what point does Jimmy’s camp request a trade. They’re clearly not committed to him and this back and forth has got to be tiring. He’s got the no trade clause and can dictate where he goes next.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      Well, to a point. He can’t march into the front office and say he wants to be traded to Kansas City, for example, and expect that it’s gonna happen…

  6. MileHighFan

    This seems like an odd choice based on both Bridgewater’s salary and his performance this year – unless – you aren’t planning on having Garoppolo on the team. Perhaps Shanahan sees more value in a Garoppolo trade than continuing to try to win with him.

    • mrshyguy99

      Who know Shannon could get the most out of teddy . At this point I’ll take anyone. 49ers need new depth behind jimmy and they need to figure out what they want .

  7. claude raymond

    Why do so many posters not understand what “insurance policy” means?

  8. MileHighFan

    Jon Gruden, is that you? It must be, as no sane person would want to spend $50 million on the quarterback position.

    • Ak185

      To be fair to Gruden, Brett Veach and Andy Reid are the guys closest to doing that currently.

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