Just lately, Professional Soccer Focus provided predictions on the touchdown spots for his or her high 50 free brokers. The train included the Bucs signing one of many “high” obtainable quarterbacks with their restricted cap house. PFF predicts that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will signal with Tampa Bay this offseason.
Presently, PFF’s Brad Spielberger has Bridgewater commanding a two-year, $25 million contract this offseason. Such a deal would additionally include $18 million in assured cash. We’ll see if Bridgewater garners that sort of respect available on the market. The 29-year previous is coming off two disappointing seasons with the Panthers and Broncos. Bridgewater went 11-18 as a starter, tossing 33 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He additionally fumbled seven instances.
Bridgewater is named a superb chief who will win the locker room with ease. Nonetheless, his ceiling as a starter within the NFL is low. At this level in his profession, we all know who he’s. He’s been a stop-gap starter nearly all over the place he’s gone in recent times. With an incredible roster round him in Tampa Bay, maybe the Bucs would win a weak division. However there can be a transparent lid on their postseason aspirations with Bridgewater on the helm.
Is Bridgewater A Lifelike Choice For The Bucs?
Proper now, the Bucs solely have second-year quarterback Kyle Trask on the roster. Blaine Gabbert can be a free agent, and Tom Brady will finally transfer to the retired listing. Tampa Bay will exhaust all prospects to land a top-tier quarterback by way of commerce, however the chances are high slim. If nothing materializes, it’s affordable to count on Bridgewater to be on their radar. As Scott Reynolds wrote in a latest column, the veteran quarterback was the Bucs preliminary goal earlier than Tom Brady turned an choice in 2020.
“In Bruce Arians’ second e book with Lars Andersen, which is known as “A Season In The Solar,” the Bucs head coach revealed that it might have been Teddy Bridgewater. In 2019, Bridgewater went 5-0 for New Orleans in reduction of Drew Brees, who broke his thumb. A kind of wins got here towards Arians and the Bucs that season.
“So initially we actually zeroed in on Teddy Bridgewater,” Arians stated. “He was going to be our main goal.”
Andersen particulars why Bridgewater was the opposite goal, with the Bucs believing Brees was going to re-sign with the Saints for one last season.
“Bridgewater had began 5 video games for the Saints in 2019, finishing 67.9 p.c of his passes, throwing 9 touchdowns and solely two interceptions, and compiling a career-high 99.1 passer ranking. Arians liked the truth that Bridgewater hardly ever threw interceptions: the anti-Winston. Bridgewater was from Miami, Florida, which meant he could be used to taking part in in scorching and humid circumstances. And he was an correct passer, a ability that Arians has lengthy believed can’t be taught as soon as a quarterback has reached his sophomore yr or so of school. ‘You both have accuracy as a quarterback by the point you’re about twenty years previous otherwise you don’t,’ Arians stated. ‘It’s that straightforward. Positive you possibly can enhance a bit of on it, however not a lot. Accuracy is the primary most necessary bodily ability a quarterback will need to have to me. It’s rather more necessary than arm energy.’”
Time will inform if the Bucs nonetheless really feel the identical manner. In any case, Bridgewater is coming off his second straight disappointing season. He’s two years older, and doubtless much less more likely to grow to be the quarterback he was drafted to be. However the Bucs choices are few. In the event that they don’t pursue Bridgewater, Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask could be the crew’s greatest choices this season.