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Matt Rhule Won't Commit to Teddy Bridgewater as 2021 Starting QB

Jason Schandl
Carolina Panthers head coach refused to commit to Teddy Bridgewater as the team's starting quarterback for 2021.
Carolina Panthers head coach refused to commit to Teddy Bridgewater as the team's starting quarterback for 2021. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

After undergoing a complete rebuild this offseason, short-term expectations for the Carolina Panthers were never high for 2020. But with a new head coach in Matt Rhule and new franchise quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, the future seemed bright.

There already seem to be some issues, however. After just one season, Rhule is refusing to commit to Bridgewater as the team's starting QB for 2020, and he's not ruling out drafting a QB to compete with him.

Bridgewater didn't exactly post staggering numbers, with only 15 touchdowns across 15 games, but it was also far from a disastrous season considering it was Bridgewater's first year as a full-time starter since 2015.

He threw for 3,733 yards and had 11 picks to go with those 15 touchdowns, averaging 7.2 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A). That mark tied him for 19th among the league's 36 qualifying passers for the year.

That also came despite the fact that the Panthers' most dangerous offensive weapon, Christian McCaffrey, played only three games due to injury troubles.

While it's hard to imagine the franchise bailing on their $20-million quarterback already, the dead money on Bridgewater's contract falls to just $5 million after the 2022 season, meaning that releasing him next offseason would free up about $21 million in cap space.

If Rhule is serious and not just trying to motivate Bridgewater, then Teddy Two Gloves' long-term future in Carolina suddenly becomes very cloudy.

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