Teddy Bridgewater has had a rough last couple of years. The 2014 first-round pick out of Louisville had two solid seasons with the Vikings before blowing out his knee in preparation for the 2016 season. The next two years were nothing but rehab for Bridgewater until one brief appearance on the field last season for Minnesota.
But Bridgewater is now seemingly healthy and has been tearing it up for the New York Jets this preseason. The only problem is that the Jets already have a franchise QB in Sam Darnold. All signs are pointing towards a trade, so here are the top five teams that could try to land Bridgewater.
5. New York Giants
There are quite a few teams that could use Bridgewater to strengthen their quarterback room, but the Giants are a bit more needy than most. Eli Manning is 37 years old and didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 season. After passing on a QB to draft Saquon Barkley, Eli is clearly the starter, but Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta as the insurance has to worry Giants fans. Bridgewater would solidify the backup spot and even provide an easy successor for the G-Men.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
This is easily the most polarizing team on this list as Blake Bortles just led his team to an AFC Championship game -- but Bortles is also an average quarterback. This would be an upgrade at QB statistically, and Bridgewater could certainly manage games with the Jags' incredible defense and running game. However, the Jaguars seem to have a deep love for Bortles, so this might just be a backup move to replace Cody Kessler.
3. Denver Broncos
The Broncos thought they had their quarterback of the future in Case Keenum, but the early returns have been rough to say the least. Chad Kelly is an intriguing prospect and Paxton Lynch looks to be on his way to being cut. Bridgewater, at the very least, puts some pressure on Keenum and may even have a chance to start in Denver.
2. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill is back and healthy, but that didn’t stop the Dolphins from being in the QB conversation during this year’s draft. Tannehill is also five years older than Bridgewater, who is still just 25. The Dolphins can only miss the playoffs so many times with Tannehill before they change something up, and their current options consist of Brock Osweiler and/or David Fales. It’s within the division so a trade might be a bit more pricey, but the Dolphins need it.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is pretty much the only spot in the NFL where Bridgewater will start right away and thus have the biggest fantasy impact. With Jameis Winston suspended the first three games of the season, the Bucs are currently planning to start Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, a trade for Bridgewater could change that. If he plays well enough, Bridgewater could even continue to start as the Jameis experiment hasn’t exactly been running smoothly heading into year four. A trade for Teddy would be great for both Bridgewater and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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